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Interim Chief Anthony Kelly
Interim Chief Kelly is a native of Fayetteville and began his career with the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 1995. Interim Chief Kelly holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University. Interim Chief Kelly worked in the Office of Professional Standards and Inspections (now known as Internal Affairs) and has also been assigned to the Major Crimes Investigative Division as the Youth Services Supervisor.
Interim Chief Kelly was promoted to Sergeant in August 2001 and was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards & Inspections.
He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005. He was then assigned to the training section of the police department; responsible for Recruitment and Retention where he worked for almost three years. Interim Chief Kelly was transferred to the Patrol Division in the Cross Creek District as a Watch Commander in 2008.
In February of 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and became the Patrol District Commander of the Cross Creek District. His assignment afforded him the opportunity to oversee the Cross Creeks District’s Patrol Division (close to 100 officers), 7 member Special Project’s Unit, 6 member Crime Prevention Unit and a 12 member Honor Guard Team. In March 2013, Interim Chief Kelly graduated from the 252nd session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The National Academy is by invitation only for Law Enforcement Officers around the world. Less than half of 1% of law enforcement officers gets to attend this training course. Interim Chief Kelly is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership at Methodist University. Interim Chief Kelly was assigned to the Patrol Bureau of the Fayetteville Police Department from January 2015 to October 2016, where he was responsible for over 300 uniformed officers and 21 civilian personnel.
During the second half of 2016, he was selected to serve as the Interim Chief of Police for the Fayetteville Department.