John Letteney was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Thomasville (GA) Police Department in January 2021, after retiring from North Carolina law enforcement. He served as Chief of Police for the Southern Pines (NC) Police Department (2005 - 2012) and the Apex (NC) Police Department (2012 - 2021). In 2005, Chief Letteney retired as a Captain/Zone Commander from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Rochester, New York. During his 41+ year law enforcement career, he has served in patrol, investigations, training, accreditation, tactical operations, inspections and administration.
Chief Letteney was sworn in as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in October 2022 and has represented the IACP throughout the membership. He is a Past President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (NCACP) and is active in many professional, community and educational associations.
Chief Letteney holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate in North Carolina, is certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) as a Chief Executive, has a master’s degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI Command College and the 248th Session of the FBI National Academy.