At their June 11th meeting, Asheville City Council passed a resolution to name Asheville Police Department 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, Walter Robertson graduated from Lee Edwards High School and earned a Purple Heart during his Army service in the Vietnam War. Lt. Robertson was 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.