City of Alcoa announces new police chief

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson announced Philip Potter of Huntersville, NC has been appointed the new Chief of the Alcoa Police Department.

Chief Potter began his career with the Piqua, OH Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1974 and was promoted through the ranks to the position of Chief in 1992 where he served in that capacity for over 11 years.

In 2004, he accepted the position of Chief in Huntersville where he held that position until his retirement this past August.

Chief Potter has demonstrated his ability to successfully lead a professional law enforcement agency throughout his career and I am fully confident that his knowledge and experience will be a perfect match for continuing the APD’s track record of achieving excellence in the future.

Johnson stated, “I have no doubt that the entire staff will quickly feel at ease with his demeanor and management style and will appreciate his high moral and ethical principles.”

Both of Chief Potter’s previous agencies were accredited by CALEA and he has served as certified assessor for that organization for the past 20 years.

In fact, he led the City of Alcoa assessment team last summer which culminated in the City’s successful re-accreditation at the conference in Jacksonville, FL last November.

Chief Potter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History-Government in Education from Capital University, Columbus, OH. He also earned Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration, both from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.

He holds numerous professional executive level certifications including being a graduate of the 145th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

Chief Potter and wife, Suzie, have one grown child, Bradley, a senior at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where he is majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science.

He is expected to assume the chief position the first week of December.

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