Police Department - Aug. 12, 2013
Chief Barry D. Rountree today announced the promotion of Captain Connie Southern to assistant police chief. Southern will oversee the Investigative Services Bureau and will assume her duties Aug. 19.
Southern, a 26-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department, currently serves as commander of Criminal Investigations Division of the Investigative Services Bureau.
Southern graduated with Winston-Salem Police Department Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) class 19 in 1987. In 1990 she was promoted to senior police officer, in 1994 to sergeant, in 2003 to lieutenant and in 2007 to captain.
During her tenure she has served in the Patrol Division, Special Investigations Division, Professional Standards Division and Criminal Investigations Division.
Southern, 47, has an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Forsyth Technical Community College. She has completed numerous courses in management, leadership, and criminal investigations throughout her career.
Southern is an avid runner and cyclist for many charitable events within the community. She is actively involved with animals and provides a home to three horses, four dogs, three cats and a bird.