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David Kelly Chosen As Morehead City Police Chief And Successor To Chief Bernette Morris

December 14, 2021

The Morehead City Council announced that David Kelly was chosen as the new Morehead City NC Police Chief after Chief Bernette Morris retired.

Mr. Kelly was chosen after a national search to fill the position was conducted by the council.

David Kelly has over 30 years experience working in law enforcement, starting his career with the Goldsboro Police Department in 1991 where he served as a detective, sergeant in the detective division, and as a patrolman.

Additionally, his career continued with the U.S. State Department as a contractor with DynCorp with the National Police Program, and with NC State University Police Department.

David Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University. Furthermore, he is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program, the Virginia School of Polygraph, and earned his Criminal Investigator Certification from the NC Justice Academy.

Continuing, he holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission.

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Interim Chief Michael Panzarella Appointed To Chief of Police In Emerald Isle NC

The Town of Emerald Isle NC announced that Interim Chief of Police Michael Panzarella was officially appointed to Chief of Police and will be sworn in on November 9, 2021. More recently, Chief Panzarella served as assistant chief since May 2020.

In addition to his appointment in 2021, he has a combined 30 years of service in law enforcement in the county which includes working in Pine Knoll Shore, Newport, and with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department.

Prior accomplishments include being a patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, homicide investigator, school resource officer, hostage negotiator, DARE officer, school intelligence liaison, and with internal affairs at CCSO.

He has an associates degree in Criminal Justice from the local community college and holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.

Congratulations to Chief Panzarella on his new role in service to Emerald Isle citizens.

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Sheriff Asa Buck Asks For Pay Raise For Department Staff Citing Retention And High Quality Recruitment Issues

September 2021 Police And Law Enforcement News

In September 2021, Sheriff Buck asked county commissioners for a 14.31% pay raise, but only 10% was approved citing other departments in the county also experiencing retention and recruitment issues.

The new 10% increase applies to all staff members within the department.

Sheriff Buck noted that the increase was needed because department staff rank second from the bottom in pay across all municipalities with the Morehead City Police Department being the highest, and the Newport Police Department being the lowest.

The original request for a 14.31% increase lost by a 4-3 vote.

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Morehead City Police Chief Bernette Morris To Retire In November 2021

June 2, 2021 News

Morehead City Police Chief Bernette Morris announced that she will be retiring in November 2021 after almost 27 years with the department. Chief Morris spent 20 years on the force and spent the past 6 years as chief.

City council members anticipate at least 5 months of preparations in conducting a national search for a new chief.

We wish Bernette and her family the best in retirement and thank you for your decades in service to the people of Morehead City NC.

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N.C. Sheriff’s Association Holds Annual Fall Conference In Atlantic Beach For 2020

November 2020

The NC Sheriff’s Association held their annual fall meeting in Atlantic Beach during the weekend of the 14th and 15th. At the fall meeting, state sheriffs and other law enforcement officials discussed key issuers facing agencies in the state and also touched on community policing and improving relations with the public.

During the meeting, local sheriff Asa Buck spoke with members.

After the weekend meeting, local commissioners officially recognized area agencies for their efforts in keeping Carteret County communities safe.

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2020: Sheriff Asa Buck Announces The Prescription Drug Take Back Program “Pills Can Kill” In Conjunction With The Health Department’s “Operation Medicine Drop”

October 2020

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck announced that the 2020 prescription drug take back program “Pills Can Kill” will take place on October 24, 2020. This program runs in conjunction with the Carteret County Health Department’s “Operation Medicine Drop” which has the same goal of removing dangerous unused prescription medications homes where they can be stolen, misused, abused, and potentially kill.

This is a one day event and will take place at all 5 Food Lion stores in the county from 10 am till 2 pm. Local deputies and police officers in the county will be on-hand to accept these medications.

The sheriff did say deputies and officers will not be able to accept liquids, needles, or sharps of any kind.

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Dean Wagaman Of Kurtis Chevrolet Provides Donation To Morehead City Police For Body Worn Cameras

September 3, 2020

In the interest of transparency and building trust in local law enforcement, Dean Wagaman of Kurtis Chevrolet met with Morehead City Police Chief Bernette Morris a provided a donation to help complete the process of funding body worn cameras for all police officers in the town.

During the meeting, Mr. Wagaman also provided face covers to the police chief to help protect the public and officers while completing their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEXT: Carteret County Sheriff discusses Operation One By One.

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Sheriff Asa Buck And District Attorney Scott Thomas Talk About Drug Roundup Operation One By One

August 25, 2020

In cooperation with the NC Sheriffs in Pamlico County, Craven County, and the Morehead City Police Department, Sheriff Asa Buck and District Attorney Scott Thomas gave a joint press conference discussion ongoing drug investigations and arrest within the district that all three counties represent.

Specifically, here locally, Operation One By One to date netted almost 60 alleged drug dealers in the county. The Craven and Pamlico law enforcement officials have similar investigations going as well.

Operation One By One is still ongoing as of September 2020.

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Indian Beach Town Manager Announces Promotion To Police Chief For Billy Pollock

January 2020

Indian Beach Town Manager announced that lieutenant Billy Pollock will be promoted to Indian Beach Police Chief after the retirement of Chief A.J. Sutzko.

Chief Pollock has worked with the Indian Beach Police Department since 2015, and prior to that worked in law enforcement with the Newport Police Department in NC.

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Captain Haywood Wilder Retires From The Morehead City Police Department In 2020

December 2019

Officials with the Morehead City Police Department announced the retirement of Captain Haywood Wilder after 22 years of service to the local community.

Captain Wilder began his law enforcement career with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department in 1987 thus extending his career to 32 years of combined service.

There will be a retirement celebration at the Morehead City Police Department (300 N. 12th street) Training Room on Friday January 31st, 12-2 pm and the public is welcome.

Captain Haywood Wilder will officially retire on February 1, 2020.

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Emerald Isle NC Police Raise $9,509 From Their No Shave November Fundraiser.

December 10, 2019

Chief Tony Reese of the Emerald Isle Police Department (EIPD) announced that his department raised $9,509 during their No Shave November fundraiser.

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Proceeds from this fundraiser were presented to the Carteret Health Care Foundation.

Congratulations to Chief Reese, all officers, and people who helped donate to this great cause.

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[LOCATED]Local Sheriff Seeks Missing Person: Elizabeth Ann Jones

Update: Found safe

October 2019

The Carteret County Sheriff is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman from Newport NC.

Elizabeth Ann Jones was seen leaving her residence on foot at her home on Lincoln Road on Sunday, October 6, 2019, then she was last seen at 1 p.m. getting in to a possible dark grey Doge Dakota truck at the Walmart in Morehead City with a man and woman.

If you have any information about Elizabeth Ann Jones, please call 252-728-8400 or 252-726-1911.

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