Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe leaving Richmond

Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe leaving Richmond

From NBC12 News

Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe has accepted the top cop job in Charlotte, North Carolina. This news comes on his birthday this Thursday.

The new position in Charlotte will pay him $182,000 -- $17,000 more than his job here in Richmond.

Monroe said while it is hard to walk away, he has a lot of love and respect for the city. Among the many reasons the City of Charlotte selected Monroe, foremost, was his extraordinary passion for law enforcement. As Richmond has seen firsthand, Monroe is credited with the lowest crime rate in Richmond in 26 years. 

Mayor Doug Wilder released a statement, "The Chief informed me late this afternoon that the City of Charlotte had extended an offer to him to become its next police chief and that he had accepted that offer." The mayor says he will have further comment Friday.

Richmond City Council president Bill Pantele says he will be sorry to see him go. But, as with any good friend, he says if Monroe feels this move is good for him and his family, he wishes him the best. But, as he says, "Gosh, I'm gonna miss him."

Monroe was offered the position Thursday morning and by afternoon, he accepted. This coming Monday, he will be in Charlotte to be introduced as its new chief.

Monroe beat out two other finalists for the job.

The City Manager of Charlotte Curt Walton says in a statement, "Rodney Monroe personifies every aspect of the ideal Police Chief, especially as a strong communicator. He also has an extraordinary passion for law enforcement and prevention that makes a community a better place to live."

City Hall in Richmond caught wind of the offer Thursday morning and there was a buzz of Council members showing up outside the mayor's door, asking what could they do to help keep Monroe. City Council member Reva Trammell says she received calls from people, officers, businesses and staff, asking what could they do to keep the chief to stay.

But, he will be heading to Charlotte now.

Richmond now has an opening for a top cop.