City names interim police chief
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Thursday, December 13, 2018
A longtime police officer has been tapped to serve as interim chief of the Rocky Mount Police Department.
Capt. George Robinson will begin the job as the city's top cop on Jan. 2.
The announcement was made Wednesday night at the regular meeting of the Rocky Mount City Council following a presentation on how crime has dropped this year under the leadership of Interim Police Chief Willie Williams, whose contract ends at the end of the year.
City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said she didn't find the chief she was looking for during a months-long search and will begin the process over again.
Williams will continue to serve in a part-time capacity with the city.
Robinson has been with the police department since 1992.
Robinson is a stellar example of an officer who has made a tremendous mark in the community and within the police department, Small-Toney said.
“With over 27 years in law enforcement, he has been able to forge many different relationships and gain experience in education, executive management and training that is essential for this department and city to prosper,” Small-Toney said.
Robinson, a graduate of Shaw University with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, completed programs in police management at N.C. State University and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He is a board member of My Sister’s House and a member of the Rocky Mount Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
While on the job for a year, Williams promoted community policing and cold case investigations. He said it's important for officers to establish long-term relationships with city residents.
Also during the meeting, Councilman Tom Rogers was elected mayor pro tem for 2019.
In other business, the council approved a municipal agreement with the state Department of Transportation for the design, fabrication and installation of directional signs on U.S. 64 at Atlantic Avenue for the Rocky Mount Event Center. The city’s cost is estimated at $7,500.
The city will reimburse the state 100 percent of the actual cost of the work performed by the DOT, including administrative costs, associated with the installation or replacement of the signs.
Editor’s Note: A detailed report on the new crime statistics and community policing efforts will be published in Friday's edition of the Telegram.