After 25 years of service, Jabe Hunter, a Chapel Hill Police Department assistant chief, announced his retirement on Oct. 3.
“I realize I’m changing into a new chapter of my life, but I’m not giving up completely on everything,” Hunter said.
He said he started off as a police information specialist at CHPD while he went through the admissions process to become a police officer. After he joined the force, he served in a variety of positions including an investigator, a supervisor of the narcotics unit and a patrol supervisor, according to Police Chief Chris Blue.
Blue is also planning to retire at the end of this year. He said he will allow his successor to choose the person to fill Hunter’s position.
“It’s a lot of changeover, but there’s plenty of good folks there that are going to continue the work,” Hunter said. “I look forward to watching it unfold from the outside.”
In 2013, Hunter was promoted to assistant chief and served alongside Blue.
“Hunter was a very forward-thinking police leader,” Blue said. “Many of the reforms that we have embraced in our department have been supported by or led by (Assistant) Chief Hunter.”
Hunter joined the Board of Directors for EMPOWERment, Inc. in 2016, according to Executive Director Delores Bailey. According to their website, EMPOWERment, Inc. aims to help individuals and the Chapel Hill community through affordable housing and grassroots economic development. Hunter first joined as a member before attaining various positions on the board, Bailey said.
According to Bailey, when she joined the corporation in 2002, the community’s relationship with the police department had room for improvement. Since then, they have tried to join together by learning about each other.