New police chief announced in Burlington

April 12, 2013 by  

The City of Burlington recently announced that the Police Department has a new police chief, J. Jeffrey Smythe, who will officially take over the position on May 1.

Smythe began his education in law enforcement with a degree in justice studies from Arizona State University, followed by a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in educational leadership. He then went on to Northwestern University where he completed the Police Command and Staff Program, and then to the FBI National Academy. He has been in law enforcement for 27 years, include being the chief of police in Show Low, Arizona since 2008.

Smythe said he is looking forward to working with the police force of Burlington to make it one of the safest cities in North Carolina. His family is originally from the state and he hopes to make his own roots in the city. No doubt he will be using business card printing in advance of becoming chief so that he can hand out cards to the people he meets in the city.

According to City Manager Harold Owen, officials from the city examined 53 applications from candidates across the country in making their final decision. In selecting Smythe for the position, Owen feels that the city will have a chief who is proven leader in law enforcement and has the commitment and energy to do his best in this position. He feels that the personality that Smythe has and his track record will be a good match for the police department and enable him to be highly successful in his role.