Rocky Mount picks new police chief
Posted November 16, 2011
Rocky Mount, N.C. — Rocky Mount will start the new year with a new police chief in January, City Manager Charles Penny announced Wednesday.
Wilmington Deputy Police Chief James C. Moore will be sworn in as police chief in Rocky Mount on Jan. 2.
Moore was selected from among more than 50 applicants after former Chief John Manley retired in July.
"Moore emerged as the ideal candidate for the next chief of the Rocky Mount Police Department," Penny said in a statement. "His impressive range of work experience coupled with his education, professional expertise and community involvement make him uniquely qualified to lead the Rocky Mount Police Department."
A native of Wilmington, Moore graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and began working for the police department in 1988, working his way up the ranks. He also worked for one year as the city's interim human resources director.
He has also had training at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, the FBI and North Carolina State University.
Moore replaces Interim Police Chief Jim Thomas, who took over after Manley retired.