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Johnny Jennings sworn in as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief
New leader pledges team approach
Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Johnny Jennings (right) was sworn in as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief Wednesday. He succeeds the retired Kerr Putney (left).

Charlotte has a new police chief.

Johnny Jennings, who succeeds the retired Kerr Putney, was sworn in this morning during an oath of office ceremony at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. Jennings was sworn in by Mayor Vi Lyles in the presence of his mother, wife and twin sons—another son, Jonathan is in Florida and could not attend. His wife Lisa held the Bible he was sworn in.

“We were trying to figure out what the swearing-in would be like, and Chief Jennings said, ‘as long as mom is in the room, and my wife and my kids, I don’t care how the rest of the setup is,’” City Manager Marcus Jones said.

Said Jennings: “My dad and oldest brother James, they’re new to heaven. They’re still taking the grand tour, but I know they took a pause today. They took a pause to smile down upon us.”

Jennings said his leadership of CMPD will be built around respect, communication and collaboration.

“I’ll lead by committee—a team approach. That approach was instilled in me years back during my football days on the field at Appalachian State,” said Jennings who played for the Mountaineers from 1987-90 and is in the school’s Hall of Fame. “Somehow some of my teammates snuck in [for the ceremony]…they’ll tell you, games weren’t won by a single individual. It was a team effort, and a team concept that holds true for me even today.”

The four pillars of his administration include: professional accountability, community collaboration, crime management and employee wellness.

“That blueprint, while ambitious, is absolutely necessary,” Lyles said.



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