Chief Don Roper is an experienced law enforcement leader.  He’s worked his way up through the ranks, starting as a patrol officer at the Gastonia Police Department in 1987 and now serving the past eight years as Chief of Police in Mount Holly.

Throughout his career, Don Roper has advanced his career through education and professional training:


  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner-Webb University

  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia

  • Advanced NC Law Enforcement Certificate

  • Experienced in Investigations, Narcotics and Tactical Team Operations

  • Certified Law Enforcement Instructor

  • Received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in February 2019


Don comes from a long line of law enforcement officers including father, Harold Roper, who retired from the Gaston County Police Department, and his uncle, Charles Roper, who retired from the Gastonia Police Department.  Don’s three brothers have also served in law enforcement. His brother Ben Roper currently serves as a K-9 officer with the Gastonia Police Department.

In addition to serving as Chief, Don is very active in the community.  He is a member of the Mount Holly Rotary Club, where he was recognized as the Rotarian of the Year for 2014-15 and is also a Paul Harris Fellow.

Don and his wife, Julie, attend First Baptist Church in Mount Holly. Julie works as a Manager for Dominion Energy and is involved in numerous civic and community organizations. They have one adult son, Donald, Jr., who practices law with the State of New York in Albany, a pug named Ivey, and two cats Tallulah and George.

Don’s favorite hobby is working out and running.  He and his training partner, Eddie Atkinson, a retired police sergeant from Gastonia PD, take a long run every Saturday morning along one of the area’s greenways. In addition to a number of other races and courses, he completed the Marine Corps Half Marathon at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.  He is an avid reader.