A lifelong Wake Forest resident, Chief Jeffrey M. Leonard graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in 1989.
Chief Leonard began his law enforcement career with the Wake Forest Police Department in 1992 as a reserve police officer. He continued in that capacity until 1994 when he was hired as a full-time officer. The same year, Chief Leonard graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Chief Leonard is a graduate of the Administrative Officer's Management Program, sponsored by North Carolina State University, as well as a graduate of the 226th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Chief Leonard has served as the president of the North Carolina Juvenile Officer's Association and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police.
He was sworn is as chief of police on July 1, 2010.