Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Darrel Stephens says he is retiring.
Stephens spent eight years as the chief of police in North Carolina's largest city, helping lower the area's violent crime by 22 percent. He also sought to fight crime by solving the root social causes.
The 60-year-old will retire as head of the 2,000-employee department on March 1.
The police department added 241 officers during Stephens tenure to help deal with population grown. And he targeted the city's gang
problem by creating a team of investigators and a program to get kids out of gangs.
Stephens also worked to expand the city's community policing, in which officers develop relationships with neighborhood residents.
Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton says Stephens is among the
pre-eminent police chiefs in the country. Another chief has not