Asheville Police Headquarters to be named after late lieutenant

Asheville Police Department building front

At their June 11 meeting, City Council passed a resolution to name Asheville Police Headquarters in memory of former APD Lt. Walter Robertson. During his 28-year tenure at the Asheville Police Department, “Walt” Robertson became the first African American to reach the rank of Lieutenant.

An Asheville native, he graduated from Lee Edwards High School and went on to earn a Purple Heart during his Army service during the Vietnam War.  Lt. Robertson served as a mentor to many in the community and was admired for his work assisting economically disadvantaged families through a program called “Getting Back to Basics.”

Community input was solicited through Open City Hall Asheville and neighborhood networks. The majority of the responses were in favor of naming the police building in his honor.

A plaque renaming the building will be placed on APD Headquarters, 100 Court Plaza.

Find a copy of the Council resolution at this link.