Johnny Jennings was sworn in as Chief for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on July 1, 2020.He was hired by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in May of 1992. Since that time, he has held a variety of patrol, training and specialized assignments at various ranks within the organization.
He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in October of 2016. As a Deputy Chief, Jennings was assigned to the Support Services Group where he oversaw the Community Engagement Bureau, School Resource Officers, Animal Care and Control, and other divisions within CMPD. He has also served as the Deputy Chief over Patrol and Administrative Services. As the Patrol Deputy Chief, he was responsible for over 1,200 employees and the daily functions of direct services to the citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. During his time over Administrative Services, he maintained leadership over police recruitment and training, the Communications Bureau, and Computer Technology Services.
Chief Jennings attended the 242nd Session of the FBI National Academy in 2010 and attended the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2017. He is a 1990 graduate of Appalachian State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and earned his Master's in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University in 2003.
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