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Asheville Police Department Chief William Hogan Announces Retirement

ASHEVILLE, NC – Chief William Hogan today announced his retirement from the Asheville police department, effective May 13.

Chief Hogan began his career in his hometown of Huntington, W. Va. where he spent 13 years with the police department.  He later served as police chief of both the Newark, Del. and Rocky Mount, N.C. police departments before being sworn in as Chief of the Asheville police department in June 2004.

“After 36 years in law enforcement, I am looking forward to retirement and a new chapter in my life.  I strongly value public service and I am grateful to have spent a career serving the law enforcement profession,” Chief Hogan shared.  “It has been an honor to serve with the professional and dedicated men and women of the Asheville police department.  I have the utmost confidence in the level of service they will continue to provide to the citizens of Asheville.”

During the seven years of Chief Hogan’s tenure with the city, APD continued to achieve the high standards of a national accredited agency and the city continued to enjoy lower crime rates than many cities of similar size.  He initiated and challenged department personnel to identify the department’s Guiding Principles as expected behaviors for all personnel.

While working with the men and women of the department, he acquired additional equipment for personnel to enhance officer safety and police efficiency (to include mobile data computers with on line reporting features and automatic vehicle locator systems) and developed an enhanced workload analysis to improve police coverage and response time throughout the city.

Under his tenure, a partnership with AB Tech established the Asheville Police Academy to provide Basic Law Enforcement Training and Advanced Training.  The Drug Suppression Unit, Computer Forensic/Child Sexual Predator Unit, the Gang Unit, and the Downtown Patrol Unit were all created within the last seven years.

City Manager Gary Jackson stated, “We wish Bill well in his retirement and appreciate his service to the city of Asheville.  An announcement about an interim police chief appointment will be made by the end of the month.  We will also develop a recruitment plan for a competitive search for a new police chief, including an opportunity for community input.”

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