Thurman Whisnant - Chief of Police
Chief Thurman Whisnant is a native of Hickory and started his police career with the Hickory Police Department in 1994 after graduating from Appalachian State University and completing an internship with the department. Since then he has served in various roles within the department to include Patrol Officer, Criminal Investigator, Supervisor in Edward P.A.C.T., Commander in David P.A.C.T., as well as commanding the Special Operations Team. Chief Whisnant has served as a Division Commander since 2006 and has commanded each of the three divisions; Criminal Investigations, Support Services and the Patrol Division. He served as the Deputy Chief of Police before being appointed and assuming the role of Chief of Police in July of 2016. He is a graduate of the 230th Session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Whisnant believes in the philosophy of community policing and understands the importance of working in a partnership with the community to solve problems. He has served on several boards throughout his career to include Exodus Homes, the Catawba County Child Fatality Prevention Team and served as the state Associate Director for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He currently is a board member of the Children’s Advocacy and Protection Center and is a member of the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club. He lives in Hickory with his wife and two children.