- Published on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:14
- Written by Super User
Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley is retiring following over 30 years of service.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley is retiring effective August 1st and will begin his final vacation time starting July 12th.
Kurt said he's worked for the Town for almost 33 years as an EMS responder, fire fighter and in the police department. On Tuesday July 2, Bartley said he originally planned for retirement in December, but is retiring a little early to focus on family matters. Bartley was promoted to Chief in July of 2012 after serving as interim chief for eight months. He took the position previously held by Chief William Younginer who retired December 1, 2011.
Bartley previously served as captain of the department starting in 2005. Bartley began working for the Carolina Beach Police Department where he was hired as a police dispatcher in 1984. Kurt stayed with the Department for 2 years before joining the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department where he became a Juvenile Investigator. In 1993, Bartley returned to the Carolina Beach Police Department. Bartley was promoted through the ranks and in 2004, was made Captain. Additionally, he was named the Town’s Harbor Master for the Boat Basin. Stemming from Bartley's previous experience he was also the Department’s DARE officer promoting a drug-free message to the classrooms in Carolina Beach. Bartley also worked for the Town's fire department for many years before retiring from that position. He previously worked for the Town's EMS Rescue Squad for a number of years in the early 1980's.
Bartley said Tuesday that he will continue to be active in the community. He said on July 12th he’d step back and help an interim chief make a smooth transition to take charge until a new chief is selected.
He said no interim chief had been named as of Tuesday.
Bartley said, "I don't want to leave them in the dark about operational aspects of the department. I won't be in a decision making position, but will help them make the transition."
He said one of his last major projects is rewriting the department's Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual which will be presented to the Council for approval at their next meeting. Bartley said the new SOP will hopefully set the stage for even more future improvements in the department.