Southern Pines Announces Interim Police Chief
Southern Pines Town Manager Reagan Parsons today tapped Robert Temme, the police department's community services coordinator, to be the interim police chief.
Temme replaces outgoing chief John Letteney, whose last day is Friday. He has accepted a new job as police chief in Apex.
Temme, who also serves as the department's accreditation manager, will begin Dec. 17. Temme brings to the position a wealth of both pertinent and varied background and experience. He holds a Criminal Justice Degree from Nassau Community College in New York, a Bachelor’s of Science from Empire State College in New York, and a Masters in Business Administration from Dowling College. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia, a member of Class #190 in 1997. Prior to arriving in Southern Pines in 2009, Bob worked for the State of North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice after serving as Chair of the Department of Aeronautical Science as a Professor for Homeland Security at the State University of New York (SUNY) Farmingdale and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member. He retired as a lieutenant after a 22 year career with the Stamford Connecticut Police Department in 2004.
“Bob has a wealth of police experience and has demonstrated his ability to focus on community needs, bringing together police and community resources to solve problems.," Letteney said. "He is dedicated to Southern Pines and has the leadership skills necessary to serve in this capacity and ensure a smooth transition."
Parsons expects to select a new chief by April. A search process is underway.
See more details in Wednesday's edition of The Pilot.
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