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 SWAT unit.
In April of 2006 Chief Anderson was promoted to Assistant Chief. The first year was definitely a challenge due to this being year two 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 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 a board member for the North Carolina Police Executives Association and is currently serving as president of the association. Chief Anderson has been married to Jennifer Anderson of Rockwell N.C. for 23 years, and has a Daughter, Kalyx, who is 14 years old. 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, where he graduated 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 being hired by the department, Chief Watts has worked in various divisions; he was a patrol officer for nearly 4 years, a Criminal Investigator for over 5 years, a CID Sergeant for 1 year, a Patrol Sergeant for 4 years and a Lieutenant/Captain for 10 years. Chief Watts 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 Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor, certified by North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, NC and a Specialized Physical Fitness Instructor, certified by the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, NC.
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.