Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017
Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter has announced he will retire from the Matthews Police Department effective October 1.
Matthews, NC - Matthews Police Chief Rob Hunter has announced he will retire from the Matthews Police Department effective October 1.
“Although it’s not an easy decision to leave a profession that I truly love, I have enjoyed the great fortune of serving the finest community in this state for three decades,” said Chief Hunter. “I am proud of the Department that we’ve built
he men and women of the Matthews Police are the most professional, dedicated and
team anywhere. I will truly miss serving with them.
Chief Hunter was selected as Chief of Police in 1993. During his 24 years as Chief, Hunter has led the department during a period of tremendous growth. When he joined as a Patrol Officer in 1987, the department had just 16 sworn officers and three civilian employees. Today the Matthews Police Department has grown to a staff of more than 80 full and part-time employees and 25 dedicated citizen volunteers.
“It is hard to put into words just how much Chief Hunter has done for our community and how much he will be missed,” said Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor. “His dedication to the Town of Matthews and the entire community will leave a void that will be hard to fill. I wish him and his family all the best in his retirement.”
“I interacted with Lt. Hunter during my first two years as Mayor from 1991-1993. As Matthews needed to move to a higher level of professional law enforcement, we were fortunate to have Rob Hunter move to the very important role as Chief,” said former Matthews Mayor Lee Myers. “I am proud to call Rob Hunter ‘Chief’ and friend. Matthews will miss him!”
“The Matthews Police Department is undoubtedly one of the best in this region and all the credit goes to Chief Hunter,” said Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett. “He built the Department from the ground up. He will be missed, but we certainly wish him well in his retirement.”
Chief Hunter resides in Matthews with his family. He remains actively involved in various local service organizations and his church youth group.