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Southern Pines names new police chief

Posted April 16, 2013

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— A law enforcement veteran in the field and the classroom has been named as the new police chief of Southern Pines, town officials announced Tuesday.

Robert Temme, who has been serving as the interim chief since December, was chosen from 67 applicants from 19 states. He replaces John Letteney, who left to become chief of police in Apex.

“We had a number of very strong candidates who could have been expected to perform well as the next Southern Pines police chief,” Town Manager Reagan Parsons said in a statement. “Chief Temme consistently performed at the very highest level among his peers across every assessment we place in front of them. By the end of the rigorous process, he was a clear choice as the strongest candidate.”

Before coming to Southern Pines in 2009, Temme retired as lieutenant from the Stamford, Conn., police department in 2004 and worked as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Farmingdale, where he taught courses in homeland security, airport management and government. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Dowling College and is a graduate of the FBI Academy.

Temme will lead a department of 34 sworn officers and 10 civilians. He said he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve the community.

“As (chief), I remain committed to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment throughout our service area by utilizing community-based policing strategies,” he said in a statement. “These strategies are built on a commitment to service, professionalism, protection and dedication.”
 

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