Chief Tom Anderson started his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Statesville Police Department in 1992 and served in numerous progressive assignments and command positions to include patrol operations, criminal investigations, internal affairs, special operations, and community services. Additionally, Tom was a member of the departments SWAT team for over 12 years as a team member, team leader, trainer/firearms instructor, and as the Commander. Tom served as the Statesville Police Chief from 2008 through 2015.
In July of 2015, Tom transferred to a reserve position with the agency, to accept a newly created position with the N.C. League of Municipalities, to serve as the NCLM’s first Public Safety Risk Manager working with cities and towns throughout North Carolina. Tom now serves as the League’s Director of Municipal Risk Control and Public Safety Field Services.
Tom holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal Justice and serves as an adjunct professor for several universities, teaching criminal justice and government classes.
Tom is a Past-President and a long-time executive board member for the North Carolina Police Executives Association and served for several years as the Association’s Law Enforcement Training chair and Director, providing executive level training for police executives across N.C.
Tom still maintains his N.C. law enforcement status and credentials, serving as a reserve special agent with the N.C. Dept. of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division assisting with policy development, training, and casework.