Pictured above: Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone – WSIC File Photo
Statesville Police Chief Joe Barone has announced plans to retire.
A nearly 30-year veteran of the department, Barone’s last day is expected to be September 7, 2018 although his retirement will not be effective until January 1, 2019. Barone joined the Statesville Police Department in 1990, working as a COPs officer, housing officer, school resource officer, investigator, patrol sergeant and communications captain.
“Chief Barone has provided exemplary service to the City of Statesville for 29 years. His leadership will be sorely missed,” said Interim City Manager Lynn Smyth. “We wish him well in future endeavors.”
Barone was recently mentioned in a report by WSIC in which the Police and Community Together Organization accused his wife, Dawn Barone, of pushing for a state investigation due to political motives. The Chief declined to comment, referring WSIC to District Attorney Sara Kirkman. Dawn Barone said the allegations were completely not true.
He was appointed Assistant Chief in 2013 and was acting chief following the resignation of Chief Tom Anderson.
Barone was hired as Chief after receiving strong support from citizens at community meetings and through surveys. Former City Manager Larry Pressley said at the time, that the community support was very convincing that the City already had the “best person for the job”.
Barone has initiated numerous programs while serving as chief, including department-wide training for specialized crisis intervention and instruction on administering the drug Naloxone to reverse Opioid drug overdoses. He implemented the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program and CompStat policing methods within the department, and helped with the establishment of the Iredell Veterans Transitional Housing Program.
During his tenure, the Statesville Police Department has also been accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
Recently, Barone initiated a Violent Crime Prevention Task Force that has done much to reduce crime. This collaboration of local and regional law enforcement agencies, including the SBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, is being modeled throughout the state. Other collaborations have included active involvement with the Statesville Human Relations Commission and the Church and Police Coalition.