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Chief Black will retire at year-end, Major Baucom to replace him


Nov. 7. Cornelius Chief of Police Kevin Black will retire at the end of the year with Major David Baucom set to replace him.

Black has been with the Cornelius force for three decades.

He came to Cornelius in 1993 having graduated from Lees McRae College. He spent his entire law enforcement career serving the Town of Cornelius, rising in the ranks from a patrol officer to sergeant, captain and major.


He served as second in command to former Chief Bence Hoyle who moved on to head up the Huntersville Police Dept.

Baucom background

Baucom began his career in law enforcement with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office in December of 1992 and came to work for the Cornelius Police Department in April of 1999.

He has worked assignments in Patrol, Support Services, and Communications. He is a graduate of the Management Development Program and holds an Associate Degree from Central Piedmont Community College.

He also serves as a Specialized Instructor in Firearms, Less Lethal Munitions, Chemical Munitions, Distraction Devices, and OC Pepper Spray. In addition, he is one of the Commanders of the North Mecklenburg SWAT Team.



“Chief Kevin Black has served the Cornelius Police Dept. well for nearly 30 years. The recent announcement of his retirement comes after outstanding service to our Town. We are fortunate to have Major David Baucom, who serves as our current number two in command, ready and willing to serve our town as our new Chief of Police. I sincerely thank Chief Black for his many years of service and wish Major Baucom much success as our new Chief.”

—Mayor Woody Washam