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 Division oversees the budget process. Please feel free to use the e-mail addresses below to contact any member of administration. 

Organizational Chart:

This chart of how the department is organized can help citizens better understand the chain of command within the department. It, also, helps to understand exactly which department or unit is responsible for a certain thing.

administrative staff

Title Name Phone
Chief of Police J. Jeffrey Smythe (336) 229-3540
Assistant Chief (Support Bureau)
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 and Personnel Specialist
Accreditation Manager
Kim Biebel (336) 229-3545
Administrative Asssitant Iris Caballero (336) 229-3540

Contact Us:

267 w. front st
burlington, nc

(336) 229-3503


(336) 229-3146
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Chief Jeffrey Smythe

Chief J. Jeffrey Smythe
Burlington Police department

Chief Smythe has been the Chief of Police since May 2013. He has served in law enforcement for over 31 years with various units, including three years at Arizona State University, nineteen years with the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department, and five years as the Chief of Police with the Show Low Police Department. He has held a variety of positions in law enforcement, such as undercover narcotics enforcement with the Phoenix-based Drug Enforcement Administration task-forces, as a supervisor for Bicycle Patrol and High Enforcement Arrest Team (HEAT) in Scottsdale, and the lieutenant over the training function and property crimes division in Scottsdale as well. During his tenure as chief with the Show Low Police Department, he led that agency to its first CALEA accreditation. This was his second agency to gain accreditation after Scottsdale in 1994.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies from Arizona State University and a master's in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. In 2007, he graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (Session 242), and he attended the FBI National Academy (Session 244) in 2011. As of January 2018, Chief Smythe will be sworn in as a CALEA commissioner.
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.