- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe says he is retiring from the post on July 1, ending seven years on the job.

Monroe, the first black police chief in the history of North Carolina’s largest city, announced his retirement in a statement issued by the city on Monday.

Before coming to Charlotte, Monroe spent more than 20 years on the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., before taking a job as police chief in Macon, Georgia, and later in Richmond, Virginia.

The chief’s resignation will come prior to the trial of a white former officer who’s accused of shooting an unarmed black man nearly two years ago.

Monroe was beset by other controversies as well. Among them was an allegation by a whistleblower that the chief’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University was improper because he did not complete enough coursework at VCU for a transfer student. Two investigations found the degree was improperly awarded, but neither assigned blame to the chief. Monroe later obtained a degree.

Monroe also led the department when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012. While there were large protests in Uptown Charlotte, there was very little violence between protesters and police officer.

Also during Monroe’s tenure, Charlotte’s homicide rate dropped to historic lows. The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1dfXIbh) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigated 42 homicides in 2014, the lowest number since police began keeping track of uniform crime statistics in 1977.

“Charlotte has been extremely fortunate to have Chief Monroe’s leadership for the past seven years and his tireless promotion of positive and constructive community-police relations,” City Manager Ron Carlee said. “Charlotte is a safer and stronger community for his work.”

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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