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Chapel Hill native named town's police chief

Posted November 15, 2010

— Assistant Police Chief Chris Blue was named Monday to succeed retiring Police Chief Brian Curran.

Curran, who has served as Chapel Hill's police chief for three years, retires next month.

"I look forward to continuing the work started by Chief Brian Curran to strengthen our agency's community policing efforts," Blue said in a statement. "The Chapel Hill Police Department is made up of outstanding men and women, and I am excited to lead them as we continue this important work."

Blue is a 13-year veteran of the Chapel Hill Police Department and has previously served as captain, lieutenant, sergeant, patrol officer and crime prevention officer in the community services unit. As assistant chief, he was responsible for preparing the department's $12 million annual operating budget and oversaw the management of Homegrown Halloween and critical incident response.

"I have selected the very best police chief for this community," Town Manager Roger Stancil said in a statement, noting that Blue finished second to Curran in 2007 in Chapel Hill's nationwide search for a police chief. "He will become a key part of improving the quality of life and making Chapel Hill a better place to live for all."

A native of Chapel Hill, Blue has a bachelor's degree in radio, television and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in public administration from North Carolina State University. He is president of the North Carolina Police Executives Association.


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  • jbarron4950 Nov 16, 2010

    is that an ear ring in his ear?????????............if it is he's perfect for chapel hill........ccacrabbitdog

    It's called cement or mortar and it's coming from the brick wall directly behind the chief.

  • aetius476 Nov 16, 2010

    Great choice!

  • ccacrabbitdog Nov 16, 2010

    is that an ear ring in his ear?????????............if it is he's perfect for chapel hill........

  • bombayrunner Nov 15, 2010

    Nice resume, sounds like he can write a book. But I wonder if he can lead others to solve crimes -- or better yet, prevent them without socking it to freedom. We'll see.

  • sophiemom Nov 15, 2010

    I like this kind of story too!

  • Baybee Doll Nov 15, 2010

    Congratulations to him! I'm sure he'll do an excellent job.

  • UNCfuturealumi Nov 15, 2010

    I love this kind of story and the recognition that the town has given him for his years of service, being a native and worked his way up the ladder...I support C.H. in this decision