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Featuring Retired CMPD detective and star of the television show I am Homocide  Garry McFadden

 

Garry McFadden is a unique man.  He served as a CMPD detective for 34 years and had a 90% rate for solving the 700 murder cases he was assigned..  His most famous case was the Wallace serial killer murders in 1995. He was known for his unique approach to solving murders… developing a rapport with suspects by meeting at diners…and also for his tailored suits. Garry has his own TV show named “I am Homicide.”

  • Garry, talk about your childhood.  Where did you grow up.? What are your favorite childhood memories?I grew up in rural and I mean rural Elliott, SC (population 237). Most of my childhood and teen years were spent traveling back and forth to Sumter, SC. where I was born and where my parents lived. I visited Elliott SC often because that’s where all of my friends in addition to my grandparents and my great grandmother lived (she lived to the ripe old age of 101).The majority of my summers were spent working in tobacco fields and peach orchards with my friends; I didn’t want to work with my father and his brothers who were in the construction business.

 My father built every home that we lived in and fortunately                     enough the last home that he built (his masterpiece) was willed             to me. There was no public transportation when I was growing             up and as a result we rode and built our own bikes. My friends               and I made summer money by picking up soda bottles and                         reselling them to the store for three-five cents per bottle. One               weekend we were on a mission and we made $32.00. We spent            the entire payout at the same store. To this day I don’t believe                 that our bottles were worth that much, I believe that Mr. Frank             Scurry rewarded us because of our honest effort in making                       money.

  • You’ve lived in Charlotte since 1978.  What drew you here?

In 1972 I visited Charlotte with my Lynchburg, SC Boy Scout Troop 152. We came to Charlotte to attend an NWA wrestling event hosted by Jim Crocket Promotions. For whatever reason our Boy Scout group was denied entry to the Charlotte Coliseum. So we took the opportunity and toured the city. Later on that same year I met Rick Flair (he was known as the “Nature Boy” at the time) in Sumter, SC at Riley Baseball Park after a wrestling match. He talked about Charlotte and I decided it would be a good place to live.

  • Do you have a bucket list?  If so what is on it?

Live on the streets of Charlotte (as a homeless person) with the homeless for a week while secretly providing for them each day.

Fly Fish for a Month out WestBuild an Out Door Kitchen which would hold all of my grills & my XL Big Green Egg

Have one Glass of Beer at every Micro-Brewery in Charlotte

.Reunite with two of my best female friends, Joyce Morris and Karen Welch who were the first non- African Americans that attended my middle / high school in the 70’s. I’d like to hear their story about the experience of being the minority during that time.

  • If there was a genie in a bottle who popped out and said he would immediately grant you three wishes, what would they be?
  1. For Heaven to have a phone or an Facebook account
  2. That everyone spoke the same Language
  3. Create a Community with Restaurants where I could live with all of my best childhood friends forever… My other friends could come for short visits.
  • I have been told you played an integral part after the Keith Lamont killing as a CMPD police officer.  Would you share what that was?

The second night of the protests and riots I just walked through the streets of Charlotte dressed in a suit talking to whomever would listen. I then challenged them to do more.  I met two men in front of the police department who were accompanied by 50- 70 protesters in the process of taking down the American flag which hung in front of the department. I approached them and we argued for two hours, however, we made an agreement to get together later to discuss the protest and our concerns. After about ten more conversations, Greg Jackson and Antwan Smith created an after school program called “Heal Charlotte”. I also met a man by the name of Braxton Winston on the third night of the protest; we had an hour conversation. After challenging each other for about an hour I told him he might as well be “swept up with the broke glass” because he wasn’t going accomplish anything by shouting and his aggressive protesting. He is now a city councilman at Large Braxton Winston.

  • You have announced you are running for sheriff.There was a 27% rise in homicides in 2017.  As sheriff how would you coordinate with the Police Chief Kerr Putney to develop new initiatives to abate those numbers.  What would they be?

I am a running for Mecklenburg County Sheriff because I believe that I can make a difference. I am passionate about my city, county, community and every citizen regardless of level and status. I believe the passion I have for the community and law enforcement, has become obvious due to my involvement and my continued advocacy for both the Community and Law Enforcement. My involvement in community engagement efforts at both the local and national level offered me the opportunity to partner with other agencies in dismantling ineffective organizational designs, while creating more diverse environments, an experience that I believe will be key in creating and maintaining a successful partnership within the community, schools and the sheriff’s department.

My 33 year law enforcement experience (20 years as a homicide detective) enlightened me on what I believe is the key ingredient in creating a successful community partnership with the sheriff department. I plan to achieve this goal by personally and physically becoming part of the communities, sponsoring events that involve the active participation of both the community and law enforcement.

The city, the county, the community and law enforcement must work together by respecting the individual, respecting the community, accepting and respecting the fact that social factors are key in influencing and reducing the homicide rate.

And finally…. a very important question….do you support 287b?

(as you know the 287g program is one of ICE’s top voluntary partnership initiatives that permits state or law enforcement entities to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to be delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.  In Mecklenburg County participation in 287g remains at the sole discretion of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.)

I DO NOT  support 287b

 Would you explain why you  don’t you support 287g?

(Several attempts by me to ascertain his answer to this question remain futile)

A few of Garry’s awards:

2017 President’s Award Charlotte Branch of NAACP

2017 Elevation Community Achievement Award,

Beauty After the Bars Foundation

2017 Martin Luther King Growing the Dream Award- Grass Roots Community Initiative 2015

Recognized by President Obama – 21 Century Policing Initiativ

2015 Citizen of Year- Harvey B Gantt Award for Community Engagement and Service

2015 National Hook-Up of Black Woman- Community Service Award

2015 Charlotte Magazine Recognized for the Cops & Barbers Community initiative

2011 Chief of Police Outstanding Service Award

2011 MoM-O (Mothers of Murder Offspring) Community Service Award

2011 Victim Service Award of Distinction by Victim Services of Homicide Families

2011 Federal Bureau Investigation Distinguish Service for Homicide Investigations

2011 Detective of the Year, Optimist International /Queen City Optimist Club

2010 Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, The National Society of the Sons of the American

2004 NAACP- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch Ashanti Award- Unsung Hero- Community Service Award

1997 Federal Bureau Investigation Distinguish Service for Homicide Investigations

1996 Medal of Valor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Charlotte Observer, Community Relation Recognition

~LW

 

 

Meet Bob Morgan,  Charlotte Chamber’s President and CEO…up close and personal

You grew up in Rome, New York. What are your favorite memories while living there? And talk about your two brothers as well.
My grandparents lived outside of the city in dairy farm country. My great uncle ran the dairy farm that had been in the family for several generations. Time at the farm was very stimulating. We milked cows, saw a calf being born, rode minibikes throughout the fields, rode tractors to bail hay and took target practice once or twice. My grandfather’s garage was full of all kinds of cool stuff – he was the neighborhood mechanic – and my grandmother cooked and spoiled us as only a grandmother can do. Their house was full of family and love and in the cold winters their fireplace was the best.

What brought your family to Charlotte? Eventually, your father became a CMPD police officer. What was it like living with a police officer? Do you remember any of his stories while on the beat?
In the winter of 1971, Rome experienced 174 inches of snow. Dad, who is from Cabarrus County, determined that between the weather, the taxes and the labor unions, we were out of there. He got the job with the CMPD and we moved.

None of us will ever forget the night Dad got shot. He took fragments from some ricochet bullets in the shin. Fortunately the injuries were minor, but life gets real when Dad gets shot. I was probably too young to fully appreciate the risk of being a police officer at that time. I have to think it was especially stressful for Mom to see him going off to work every day.

I also remember the time Dad saved a man’s life by giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation. He made the front page of the newspaper, above the fold. We are still proud. Even today when I talk to officers on the street and ask them if they know Dad, to a person that have good things to say about him. That is pretty special.

What were your most favorite things to do as a child?
Eat Oreo cookies. Pretend to sing and dance like a young Michael Jackson. Play Pop Warner Football (five years for the Derita Demons and one year for East Meck Idlewild). Family camping trips to Morrow Mountain where I learned to swim. Visiting my grandparents in New York and my great grandmother and her family in Albemarle, NC.

You learned lately that some of your ancestors were living in Salem, Mass in 1692 and 93 during the Salem Witch Trials. Share that story. It’s fascinating.
My 8th great grandparents were living in Salem at the time. Samuel Abbe wrote a letter in support of one of the accused. Later, he and his wife made accusations against another woman who had lived in their house and had been difficult. After they kicked her out, farm animals started dying unexpectedly. They assumed that she had put a curse on them. Both of the young women were executed.
Another grandmother around that time was accused of being a witch but the charges were not pursued. I think she was just having a bad day.

Everyone who knows you is aware how you love to play golf. If you could put together your dream foursome, you being one, who would you select….living or dead and explain why.
Jack Nicklaus in his prime. Tiger Woods in his prime. Arnold Palmer in his prime. These are three of the best ever. I would like to see their games and their personalities up close in action. If I could make it a fivesome I would include Bobby Jones.

You have two high school sons who are only 18 months apart in age, but couldn’t be more different. Tell us about them.
Classic stereotype of the oldest being the introvert and the youngest being the extrovert. Robert is very studious and plays in the band. Jack is not quite as studious yet but shows a very strong work ethic on the football field. Robert is now an Eagle Scout and Jack will likely earn the same in 2018. Both are great kids and we are proud of them.

A new Charlotte City Council and Mayor are being installed today December 4. Six are new and have never served in office before. As a leader in Charlotte for many years, what is your advice to them, and what do you see as their challenges and opportunities.
I am biased here, but I think it is important to recognize that Charlotte is and always has been a business town. The public and private sectors have to continue to maintain a pro-business environment for those who are already here and those we recruit. We have to continue to create public private partnerships to get things done. We are also a city that invests in its future. We pass bonds. We look for creative ways to fund infrastructure. We do things that others say can’t be done. We can never forget or lose this spirit.

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Bob and his brothers.  Yup, he’s the middle one.

About  Charlotte Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; Charlotte, NC

President & CEO; 2005-pres

Gaston Chamber of Commerce; Gastonia, NC

President & CEO; 2002-2005

Key objectives were to: renew the energy, focus and professionalism of the organization,

implement a merger of the Greater Gastonia Development Corporation into the Chamber as a new Economic Development Division (EDD), implement a new partnership between the EDD and the Gaston County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and improve Gaston County’s image and relationship within the region.The Gaston Chamber of Commerce in 2005 had  999 members and a budget of $658k.  There were 5 full time employees and 3 part time.  The mission was “to grow the economy, be a strong voice for the business community and to deliver value to the membership.”  I also served as the Executive Director of the EDD,  a separate 501c6 organization, comprised of members from the public and private sectors to  fund a marketing program in partnership with the Gaston County EDC; the EDD had a budget of $201k

Leadership:                    

   ACCE Board of Directors; 2014 – 2016

ACCE Metro Cities Council; Chairman; 2015 & 2016

Bechtler Arts Foundation Advisory Council; 2015 – present

Belmont Abbey College Board of Trustees; 2005 – 2007

Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Banquet; Master of Ceremonies; 2008 – present

Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Boards of Review District Representative; 2015 – present

Boy Scouts Leadership Dinner; Chairman; 2014

Boy Scouts Troop Committee Member, Troop 70; 2014 – present

Bush for President NC  Students for Bush; Chairman; 1988

CACCE Scholarship Committee; Chair; 2005

CACCE Board of Directors; 2005 – 2008

Charlotte Center City Partners Board of Directors; 2006 – present

Charlotte CROP Walk for Hunger; Honorary Chairman; 2012, 2013

Charlotte Sports Foundation Board of Directors; 2015 – present

Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage Board of Directors; 2013 – present

UNC Charlotte College of Computing & Infomatics Advisory Board; Lifetime Membership

UNC Charlotte Football Advisory Task Force

YMCA MLK Prayer Breakfast; Co-Chair; 2015 & 2016

And there you have it.  Up close and personal with Charlotte Chamber  President and CEO Bob Morgan.