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Carrboro police captain will replace retiring chief

Posted June 13, 2013
Updated June 14, 2013

After interviewing five finalists in May, the Town of Carrboro on Thursday announced that police Captain Walter Horton will succeed retiring police Chief Carolyn Hutchison, who took office in 1998. 

Horton, who was born and raised in Carrboro and attended Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, has been a member of the police force since 1993. He was selected from more than 100 applicants, officials said.

Horton graduated from Mount Olive College with a degree in criminal justice, and he is also a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy's management development program.


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  • courtneyduffy Jun 14, 2013

    @b44s - So which is it - the town knew Captain Horton was their best pick all along or you feel a lesser qualified local was selected? You sure seem to have your finger on the pulse of how municipalities work. I'm curious as to your level of familiarity with the Town of Carrboro, it's police department or its officers. Captain Horton is hands down the best person for the job.

  • b444s Jun 13, 2013

    Towns do this all too often. They know who they are going to hire; but they pretend to have a real search and tell the community how many people from how far away applied but the best candidate was right here in your community, knowing better. Yet this makes the lesser qualified local look and feel good. What a shame.

  • b444s Jun 13, 2013

    Now did the other finalists interviewed actually thought they had a real shot at this job even if they were better qualified? Towns do this all the time. They know they are going to hire from within. But pretend to put in a real open search to promp

  • Packy Jun 13, 2013

    So glad that some agencies reward merit and loyalty and promote from within.... wish all agencies could say the same... like
    Aberdeen. They had a very qualified applicant from within and chose to go outside the agency and hire a man from New Jersey...New Jersey??? Really?? Discounting the more than capable inside applicant you hire someone from New Jersey with absolutely NO ties to the community? Let alone spend literally THOUSANDS of dollars to form a committee for the hiring process when in the long run, the town manager ultimately makes the decision. To me, that's bad business and believe me, running a town IS a business. Seems to me that the town commissioners need to re-evaluate the Town Manager because he just spent a good chunk of taxpayer's money to form this "committee" and STILL didn't listen to what the folks in that community wanted... they wanted the department applicant.