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.