CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After weeks of speculation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney is making it official -- he will not retire at the end of the year as originally planned.
Putney will now stay in his role through the Republican National Convention, which comes to Charlotte in August 2020.
"There's some frustration. There is some disappointment, but I am a professional," Putney said. "I am not going to whine. I am going to get up do the work I have committed to doing anyway. But, I am going to follow through and lead a successful convention next August."
Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a back and forth between the city and the state over whether the chief's plan to retire and return is legal.
Treasurer Dale R. Folwell statement on Chief Putney’s retirement announcement:
“We’re very appreciative in learning of Chief Putney’s continued service to the people of Charlotte and working with us and the City of Charlotte to resolve this matter.
“We at the N.C. Department of State Treasurer are in the retirement and check-delivery business for those that teach, protect and serve. We have approached this situation as we would with any other public servant. That means we have spoken with the Chief and City of Charlotte on every occasion to make sure important customers like the employees of the city fully understand retirement requirements to make the best decisions.
“To repeat, our position on this issue is not only fully outlined in the retirement papers but is also the position of every state treasurer in North Carolina for the last 30 years.”
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