Vidal Sipe Named Police Chief

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 15, 2019)—Newton is pleased to announce Vidal Sipe will be the next chief of the Newton Police Department.
Vidal Sipe
“Vidal has developed a fine reputation in community policing over the course of his career at the Hickory Police Department, and we are fortunate to welcome him to Newton,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “I look forward to working with Vidal and know that he will quickly become a great asset to our city.”

Sipe was selected as police chief after an extensive assessment process that included interviews of highly qualified 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 Jan. 14. Sipe assumes the position of former Newton Police Chief Don Brown, who was elected sheriff of Catawba County in November.

Sipe will begin at the Newton Police Department on Feb. 4.

“I look forward to sharing creative ideas and challenges in public safety with the Newton Police Department,” Sipe said. “During the last 18 years with the Hickory Police Department, I have embraced the philosophy of community policing, and I hope to share that commitment with the Newton community.”

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.

“Vidal knows how to build the kind of relationships that strengthen communities,” Clark said. “His talents will serve Newton’s citizens and police officers well, and I look forward to working with him.”

Sipe is a native of York, Pa. He lives in Hickory with his wife of 20 years, Michelle. He has four children. During his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and fishing.

A reception to welcome Sipe to Newton will be held at Newton City Hall, 401 North Main Ave., from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 22. The public is invited to attend.