Vidal Sipe has been named as the new chief of the Newton Police Department. Sipe was selected as police chief after an extensive assessment process that included interviews of candidates from across North Carolina. An announcement of his hiring was made to city staff, city council members, and the officers of the Newton Police Department on Monday (January 14). Sipe assumes the position of former Newton Police Chief Don Brown, who was elected sheriff of Catawba County in November.
Sipe has been employed by the Hickory Police Department since 2000. His most recent position there was as captain and commander of the department’s Support Services Division, where he directed and oversaw 116 sworn officers and 36 civilian staff. Prior to his employment with the Hickory Police Department, Sipe served in the United States Army and Army Reserve, where he obtained the rank of sergeant first class.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University and an associate degree in criminal justice technology from Catawba Valley Community College. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy Management Development Program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Newton City Manager Todd Clark said he was impressed by Sipe’s proven track record of forging relationships with the communities he serves, which is essential to community policing. Sipe is a native of York, Pennsylvania. He lives in Hickory with his wife of 20 years, Michelle. He has four children. Sipe will begin at the Newton Police Department on February 4.