Clark appointed acting Chief of Police

The City of Henderson announced this afternoon that Captain Tony Clark of the Henderson Police Department has once again been appointed Acting Chief of Police.

Clark served as Acting Chief of Police during the period immediately following Chief Melvin Smith’s retirement and Chief Glen Allen reporting for duty, from September 1 to October 9, 1997.

“Captain Clark has stepped up to the plate before when we needed him and we’re very happy that he agreed to help us out again,” said Henderson City Manager Jerry Moss in a written statement. “Captain Clark has the knowledge, experience, and is more than capable of managing the Police Department during this transition.”

“I have always been honored to serve the city of Henderson,” said Clark. “The police department will continue the same level of professional service as before. I look forward to working with the officers of this department and governing body of the city in a positive way.”
Clark began his career with the Henderson Police Department on October 26, 1981. He moved up the ranks from police officer, detective, and lieutenant to his currently held position as captain of the Patrol Division.

The acting chief earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University in Durham in 1986. In 1991, Clark earned his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the Standards and Training Commission. In 1997, Clark successfully graduated from the 1996-1997 Municipal Administration Course of the Institute of Government of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Clark was one of 56 officials who graduated that year and is one of more than 1,400 who have completed the course in its run from 1954 to 1997.

Clark has been a part-time instructor at Vance-Granville Community College for over fifteen years. He currently teaches in the two-year Criminal Justice degree program.

The City of Henderson Police Department is composed of 64 employees and an operating budget of $3.8 million. The police department protects and serves over 16,500 people in the city.