ASHEBORO — Asheboro Police Chief Mark Lineberry has announced he will retire effective March 1, 2024.
The chief since 2019, Lineberry has served nearly 32 years with the Asheboro Police Department. The foundation for his administration’s philosophy was easy to understand: “Respect all people, provide exceptional service, and act like a professional.”
The City of Asheboro will promote Assistant Chief Robbie Brown to Chief of Police, also effective March 1. And Major Jay Hanson will assume the role of Assistant Chief.
“These two individuals are very capable of leading the Asheboro Police Department and this should be a smooth transition for the department and the City of Asheboro,” the city said in a press release earlier today.
Lineberry began his career in law enforcement in May 1992 at the APD as a patrol officer and detective until October 2001 when he was promoted to Sergeant.
During Lineberry's tenure as chief, he implemented Body
Worn Cameras for the department, oversaw the department during the COVID pandemic, implemented and reviewed police policy on reform mandates, and managed staffing shortages, to name a few of his accomplishments.
Lineberry also implemented ideas to help bridge any gaps between the community and its police department by developing and implementing a Police Citizen Academy, hosting "Cooking with a Cop" events in various parks during the summer and providing Narcan for officers to carry in the field.
Chief Lineberry hosted or attended numerous community meetings intent on listening to problems, finding solutions and answering questions to display transparency.
In its release, the city wished Lineberry “all the best and hope he has a wonderful, healthy retirement, more than likely around a body of water somewhere.”