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|CMPD Chief Kerr Putney moves retirement date up to July 1|
|Timetable moved up after RNC shift to Fla.|
|Published Monday, June 22, 2020 2:25 pm|
|PHOTO | DAVID FLOWER|
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced he'll move his retirement up to July 1 Monday at a press conference at the Government Center.|
Putney announced his retirement is effective July 1, with Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings assuming the role on that date. City Manager Marcus Jones announced Jennings’ promotion in May. Putney originally intended to retire in September following the Republican National Convention, which was scheduled to take place in Charlotte August 24-27. Putney postponed retirement to handle the RNC; however, since most of the convention has been moved to Jacksonville, Florida, Putney is moving his timeline forward.
“It’s always been Putney’s plan to be with us through the RNC, but with the changes, we felt that now is the right time for Chief Putney to retire,” Jones said Monday during a press conference.
Putney has been chief since 2015 but has been with the department since 1992. He intends to pursue consulting work rather than a position with another department and take a more vocal role in his next phase.
“Very briefly, it is time,” Putney said.
Putney said moving up his retirement is not connected to the shooting which CMPD is currently investigating, which took place Monday morning at the 1800 block on Beatties Ford Road. Two people were killed by gunfire, seven hospitalized and five struck by vehicles. Putney said announcing his retirement was schedule to take place on June 22.
“There is no connection,” Putney said. “The plan has been to make this announcement today. That has been planned for quite a while between Mr. Jones and myself. The issue that I see is, let’s not forget, you do have a chief [Jennings] who is already here, ready to be sworn in, and tackle any challenges that come his way. I had committed to getting us through a few things that we’re tying up right now. The RNC is not coming in the capacity that we thought. To be quite frank with you, I can control my own destiny, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”
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