Statesville City Manager Larry Pressley has announced the appointment of Joe Barone as Statesville's new Police Chief. Barone, a 26-year veteran of the Statesville police force, has served as Acting Chief for the past six months. He has been an Assistant Chief since 2013.
Pressley started the hiring process last November for the opening which occurred in July 2015 when Chief Tom Anderson resigned to take a job with the North Carolina League of Municipalities. In addition to advertising the opening, the process also allowed citizens to share their thoughts about the next chief through three community meetings and an on-line survey.
It was the community input that convinced Pressley that the right man for the job might already be in place. "We received very strong support of Joe and heard many positive comments about the police department and the acting chief at these meetings," said Pressley.
“In talking with residents, elected officials and other area law enforcement officers, I am certain that Joe is the best person for the job," said Pressley. "I am very happy to be able to promote from within."
Barone, 46, is very excited about the announcement. "I have already been able to begin several important programs," said Barone, referring to the training he has implemented department-wide for specialized crisis intervention. Many officers have also been trained to administer a drug that can reverse Opioid drug overdoses.
"These are leading edge programs that are helping our citizens now. They are solutions to problems we are having right now, right here. And that's my goal as Chief ... to listen to what our community is identifying as problems and issues that need immediate attention ... and then solve them together."
An advocate of community policing, Barone believes that the newly revamped Community Oriented Policing (COPs) program will make a great difference in Statesville. “It’s about building bridges in our neighborhoods and working with residents to improve communications and safety.”
A native of New York, Barone served in the Coast Guard Reserve and Army National Guard from 1987-1999. He began working for the Statesville Police Department in 1990 and earned an associate degree from Mitchell Community College in criminal justice.
Barone will receive an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University in May.
He has been a patrol officer, was one of the first COPs officers; served as a housing officer and a school resource officer, was an investigator, a patrol sergeant and a captain in the communications division. “I know this community and it knows me,” said Barone. “I have a strong police department and look forward to bringing our citizens and officers together to make Statesville better.”