The new Troutman police chief is not a stranger to the department.
Tina Fleming was chosen to replace Matthew Selves, who left the Troutman Police Department earlier this year to work for the N.C. League of Municipalities.
Fleming has been a part-time officer with the department for the past 16 years.
Fleming is the first woman to hold the position of chief in Troutman.
Troutman Town Manager Justin Longino said Fleming was selected after months of searching.
She is currently the director of the Basic Law Enforcement Training center at Mitchell Community College, a job she’s held for the past 13 years.
During this time, Fleming has trained many of the officers that have joined the TPD and other jurisdictions in the greater Iredell area.
She begins her new role as chief Oct. 14, but will work a limited number of hours per week as she completes the semester at MCC. This ramping-up period will help the department and Fleming transition and ensure that both are adequately prepared once the change is effective.
Fleming started her law enforcement career with Wilkesboro Police Department before moving up through the ranks in the Mooresville Police Department, ultimately reaching the rank of lieutenant.
Additionally, she worked for the Forensic Tests for Alcohol Branch at the Department of Health and Human Services. Fleming has her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb and her A.A.S. in Law Enforcement Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College. She also has been awarded her Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the State of North Carolina. Fleming has extensive training in leadership, organizational management, community relations, applied police and criminal justice training, drug education, communications, and records retention and maintenance.