Chief Jeffrey Smythe

Chief J. Jeffrey Smythe
Burlington Police department

Before working in law enforcement, Assistant Chief Verdeck served for three years in the United States Army as an Airborne Paratrooper. He began his career in law enforcement in June of 1989. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in February of 2011.

 He graduated from Tracy High School in Tracy, Minnesota, and he earned his associate degree in criminal justice from Alamance Community College in 2001. In 2008, he earned his bachelor's degree with a double major in criminal justice and community justice and policy studies from Guilford College. 

 During his tenure with the Burlington Police Department, he has worked in all areas of police work inlcuding: Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Community Policing. He has supervised and managed the Professional, Training, Evidence, and Records Departments. He, also, previously supervised the Animal Services Department. Currently he manages the Support Bureau, which includes the Professional Standards and Criminal Investigations Divisions, as well as the Internal Investigations and Special Response Team.
Chris Verdeck

Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck
support bureau

Eric Kerns

Assistant Chief Eric Kerns
Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Kerns is a lifelong resident of Burlington. He has been employed with the department since 1989 with experience in patrol, community policing as a D.A.R.E. officer, investigations, and administration. Currently, he is the chief over the Operations Bureau, which includes the Patrol, Community Relations, and Communications Divisions.

He has a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in leadership from Pfeiffer University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology, and a minor in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Kerns is a graduate of the 55th session of Administrative Officers Management Program from North Carolina State University. He is, also a member of the North Carolina Police Chiefs Association and the International Associations of Chiefs of Police.
Police Administration is comprised of a Chief of Police and two Assistant Chiefs. The Chief of Police is the Chief Executive Officer for the agency. The Assistant Chief of Operations commands the Operations Bureau, including all uniformed services. The Assistant Chief of Support commands the Support Bureau, which includes Professional Standards and Internal Affairs. There are other support members within Administration, the Administrative Assistant performs support and logistic functions to the Chief of Police and other Administrative staff; a Captain in the Professional Standards oversees the budget process. Please feel free to use the e-mail addresses below to contact any member of administration. 

P: (336) 229-3540 
F: (336) 229-3146 

Administrative Staff Name  Phone 
Chief of Police Jeffrey Smythe
(336) 229-3540
Assistant Chief / Support Bureau Police / Media Relations Chris Verdeck (336) 229-3542 
Assistant Chief / Operations Bureau Eric Kerns (336) 229-3543
Captain / Professional Standards Mark Rascoe (336) 229-3544
Policy & Personnel Specialist / Accreditation Manger Kim Biebel  (336) 229-3545
Administrative Assistant Iris Caballero (336) 229-3540

The Police Administrations’ staff are members in several professional organizations that range in scope and purpose. Their memberships in professional law enforcement organizations enable them to acquire specific training in management practices that are important in a modern law enforcement agency. Several organizations are listed below – please feel free to click on them to follow the link to each organization.

Organizational Chart

The Burlington Police Department’s Organizational Chart is an illustrative tool that will provide you with information on the organization’s chain of command and organizational structure.

The Burlington Police Department’s Administrative Staff continually monitors North Carolina legislative actions that pertain to new laws, legislative activity regarding law enforcement matters, and other information from the North Carolina General Assembly. The North Carolina General Assembly has a very inclusive and informative website that provides information for law enforcement and the public, including the General Statures (North Carolina Laws) in an easily accessible format. Please feel free to follow the link to the North Carolina Assembly website for further information.