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Rocky Mount picks new police chief

Posted November 16, 2011

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— 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.


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  • RM252 Nov 16, 2011

    From some of the credentials listed in the article, he appears to be good on paper. I just hope it translates into effective leadership in the PD and on the streets of RM. He has his work cut out for him! Good luck, sir!

  • backhome Nov 16, 2011

    Praying that he can address the needs of Rocky Mount and get it back on it's feet.

  • JJ20 Nov 16, 2011

    I read the RMT and Manley seemed to be upset that they didn't pick somebody from within the squad to become the new chief. Obviously, RM needs somebody new, and with SEVERAL unsolved homicides on their hands this year alone, anybody without a connection to Manley would be better suited for the job. Hopefully, this guy realizes the cops shouldn't just be sitting on the new extension checking out their computers and waiting for speeders.

  • holmesap Nov 16, 2011

    Just wondering if this is another college buddy to City Manager Penny ?

  • bluebird1075 Nov 16, 2011

    I hope he's what Rocky Mount needs!! Someone who will not be afraid to do what needs to be done to get this town on the up and up!! Good luck, Chief Moore!!

  • just my2cents Nov 16, 2011

    God be with him. He has a mess on his hands.

  • jcd241959 Nov 16, 2011

    I hope he does well in little Baltimore.