Gregory’s career comes to a close in Rock Hill, rotating acting chiefs named

Posted November 30, 2012 3:13 pm | Filed under Local News

Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory officially retires Saturday, marking the 40th anniversary of his career in Law Enforcement. Earlier this year, Gregory, now 57, announced his retirement effective December 1.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, Gregory’s last call was made over the department’s radio system, a formal way of announcing his final sign off.

AUDIO EXTRA: Gregory’s final ‘End Tour of Duty’ call over the department radio system.

Also Friday, two Captains were named as the Acting Chief, and will rotate on a bi-weekly basis until Rock Hill City Manager David Vehaun officially announces Gregory’s replacement expected sometime in January.

Captain Steve Parker and Captain Chris Watts will both rotate the post starting December 1. Watt’s schedule as Acting Chief runs through December 15, while Parker takes over December 16.

Gregory spent the first 30 years of his career in North Carolina before coming to Rock Hill in 2003.

He says one of the things he’s most proud of is implementing the Compstat, strategy, which he calls a unique approach to fighting crime.

Gregory says that when he came to Rock Hill in 2003, he faced a number of challenges.

In his years as chief, Gregory the city’s violent crime rate has dropped by 42 percent and the Weed and Seed Initiative has taken federal funding towards fighting crime in five specific neighborhoods  leading to a 50 percent drop in calls for service and a 27 percent drop in violent crime over a five-year span.

City Manager David Vehaun said Monday Gregory’s attitude was always focused on making life better for the citizens of Rock Hill.

Vehaun says the search for Gregory’s replacement has drawn over 100 applicants.

Gregory took over the department in June 2003 following the retirement of Dave Fortson. Before moving to Rock Hill, Gregory was an assistant chief of police in High Point, N.C.