Chief Tom Anderson
Chief Anderson started with the Statesville Police Department in 1992 as a Patrol Officer and spent 3 years assigned to the Patrol Division. In 1995 Chief Anderson was transferred to the Narcotics Division and worked street corner and undercover narcotics investigations. Chief Anderson spent about 6 months in this unit and was then promoted to Criminal Investigator in December of 1995. Chief Anderson spent a total of six years as an investigator and later as the Investigations supervisor and had opportunities to be involved in many major cases. Chief Anderson was then promoted to Lieutenant over the Community Services Division supervising all of the specialized units of the department in addition to commanding the department’s SRT unit.
In April of 2006 Chief Anderson was promoted to Assistant Chief. The first year was definitely a challenge due to this being the second year of his Masters Degree program that he completed in 2007. Chief Anderson spent about 2 1/2 years as the Assistant Chief and had the opportunity to be mentored by Chief Stephen Hampton, a chief who was highly respected and recognized by other Chiefs throughout the State. Chief Anderson was promoted to Police Chief for the Statesville Police Department in December of 2008.
In addition to his work at the Police Department, Chief Anderson is a North Carolina Certified Training Instructor and has taught curriculum classes and Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Mitchell Community College for many years. Chief Anderson is also currently an Adjunct Professor for Gardner-Webb and Kaplan Universities teaching criminal justice classes. Chief Anderson is currently serving as President of the North Carolina Police Executives Association. Chief Anderson has been married to his wife Jennifer for 23 years, and has a daughter, Kalyx. Chief Anderson is also a member of Front Street Church in Statesville.
Assistant Chief Mike Watts
Assistant Chief Mike Watts has lived in Iredell County his entire life, graduating from South Iredell High School in 1984. He began his career with the Statesville Police Department as a Police Trainee in 1987 after serving 3 years in the US Army as a Military Police Officer assigned to the 230th MP Company in Kaiserslautern Germany and the 24th MP Company, Ft. Stewart Georgia. Since then, Assistant Chief Watts has worked in various divisions; he was a Patrol Officer for nearly 4 years, a Criminal Investigator for over 5 years, an Investigations Division Sergeant for 1 year, a Patrol Sergeant for 4 years and a Lieutenant/Captain for 10 years. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief on 11/19/2011.
Assistant Chief Watts is a graduate of the Investigators Academy at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, NC, the Drug Unit Commander Course at the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville Florida and the Law Enforcement Executive Program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh NC. He is also a certified Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor and Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor through the North Carolina Justice Academy.
Assistant Chief Watts’ goal for the Statesville Police Department is to become the model of excellence in policing by working in partnership with the community and to create a work environment where the Department can recruit, train and develop a highly talented workforce. Assistant Chief Watts’ family is a very important aspect of his life. His wife is an Investigator with the Statesville Police Department and he has two daughters, a son and one grandson.
Assistant Chief Joseph Barone
Assistant Chief Barone received his basic law enforcement training from Wilkes Community College and was hired by the Statesville Police Department in 1990. During his career with the department, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Housing Authority Officer, Community Police Officer, and as a School Resource Officer. He was promoted to Investigator in 1999, and was then promoted to Sergeant of the Criminal Investigations Division in 2003. He was promoted to rank of Lieutenant (later re-classified as Captain) in 2006 and to the rank of Assistant Chief of Administration in December, 2013.
Assistant Chief Barone earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Mitchell Community College in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He earned his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Justice, is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor via the North Carolina Justice Academy, and Certified Firearms Instructor via the National Rifle Association. Assistant Chief Barone was awarded Statesville Police Department Command Officer of the Year in 2009.