Statesville names interim police chief


Pictured above: Interim Statesville Police Chief David Onley – Picture courtesy of the City of Statesville


Statesville City Manager Ron Smith has announced the appointment of David Onley as the City’s interim Police Chief effective Sept. 8, 2018. Onley, 46, has been with the Statesville Police Department for 20 years and is currently the Assistant Chief. He is taking over the responsibilities from Chief Joe Barone who is retiring at the end of year, but whose last day in the office is Sept. 7.

“I think it’s important to have the interim in place before Chief Barone retires so that the transition is seamless,” said Smith. “And Statesville is fortunate to have a well-trained and experienced law enforcement professional ready to do the job. Onley has an excellent reputation for his outstanding police work and strong community relationships. I am sure he will serve the City well during this interim period.”

Onley, a Statesville native, came to work for the SPD as an officer and K-9 handler right out of the Air Force. He moved through the ranks and was named Assistant Chief in 2016. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Leo University, he continued his training, completing courses at the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program and the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Onley. “My focus will be making sure the department continues to run smoothly, while also creating new avenues of communication between the police and community. I don’t expect to make any organizational changes, but I will be leading the organization in ways that create valuable community collaborations as well as continued focus on identifying those individuals involved in violent crime in our city.”

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