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Apex selects new police chief

Posted November 21, 2012

— John Letteney, the police chief of Southern Pines for the last seven years, will be the newest chief of police for Apex, town officials announced Wednesday. 

Letteney was chosen from more than 100 applicants and six finalists for the position and will replace Jack Lewis, who recently announced his retirement after a 37-year career in law enforcement.

Letteney is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds a master's degree in public administration, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience. 

"Chief Letteney exhibited the characteristics that are essential in the police chief: experience, knowledge, expertise and integrity," Apex Town Manager Bruce Radford said in a statement. 

Letteney said in a statement that he is excited to start work in Apex and promised to help deliver professional services to the town's residents. He will be sworn in at a public ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, prior to the Town Council's regular meeting. 

"Public safety is a top priority for Apex residents, and we anticipate a seamless transition in leadership that will continue to move our progressive department forward," Mayor Keith Weatherly said in a statement.


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  • shotgun_willie Nov 27, 2012

    Sounds like everyone else that works for Apex PD is not capable of doing the job. No wonder they are all grumpy

  • b444s Nov 21, 2012

    Anytime a town hires a new police chief, the trolls come out and hide behind alias names and offer negative comments. All I know is the man is getting a job 100 other people wanted and is leaving a job another 100 people might want!

  • Runt over again Nov 21, 2012

    One of the most corrupt departments in the state and I doubt a new chief is going to change that.

  • thinkin out loud Nov 21, 2012

    With 30 years of service Chief Letteney is already eligible for retirement under the state law enforcement retirement plan. Most likely he will stay 5 years in Apex then retire also. Lets hope he makes some great changes in that time.

  • what_in_the____ Nov 21, 2012

    Chief Jack is a real "piece". I'd be shocked if he doesn't end up being investigated later on. Glad to know he is on his way out the door.

  • Scare Crow Nov 21, 2012

    "promised to help deliver professional services to the town's residents". He has one heck on a job to do. Needs to "release" at least half the force right off the bat; and that means extrooper "dog beater" Jones (if he is still there). Nowhere in Wake County is there such a group of LEO bullies. Good luck Cheif.