Godfrey to Become Sheriff May 1
Neil Godfrey, chief deputy for the Moore County Sheriff's Office, will assume command when Sheriff Lane Carter retires May 1.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners formally nominated Godfrey to the top post Tuesday evening.
Godfrey was formerly with the State Bureau of Investigation. After his retirement from that agency, he became the county's chief deputy under Carter, a post Carter held before his elevation to sheriff in 2002.
Godfrey is also a Republican Party precinct chairman.
Bob Levy, chairman of the Moore County Republican Party, made the presentation to nominate Godfrey.
"Because (Carter) was elected as a Republican, it is by law the duty of his political party to make a recommendation for his swearing in," Levy said. "But this is not just based on politics. Neil Godfrey's qualifications go well beyond that. He brings intelligence, experience and competence to the job."
Levy lauded Godfrey's efforts in conjunction with the new public safety and detention center in Carthage.
"Neil Godfrey had the foresight and bravery to have the new safety center house not just prisoners but county deputies and 911 operations as well," Levy said. "He is a sheriff for all the people, which is the reason we recommend him. He will be one of the great sheriffs of Moore County."
A standing ovation for Godfrey followed the board's decision.
Godfrey thanked the board for his nomination.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you for the faith and trust you have put in me," he said. "It is a great honor to serve, and I am very committed to making Moore County a safer place for all. I assure you I will not let you down."
In other business at the commissioners' meeting Tuesday evening, Moore County resident Charles Cooper asked the board to "protect the second amendment rights (of its citizens) from federal infringement."
"On Jan. 18, 2013, the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners became the first in the nation to pass a nullification resolution in support of the second amendment," he said. "The Pitt County board passed a similar resolution yesterday.
"Today we encourage you to take a similar stand to prohibit the implementation, within the state of North Carolina, of any federal law, executive order, action or regulation restricting the right to keep and bear arms as provided to the people by the United States and North Carolina constitutions.
"We encourage you to instruct the Moore County manager to see that no county-paid staff participate in, nor allow any county resources be used in the implementation of federal law ... that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms.
"You have taken an oath to protect and defend citizens, and we implore you to do that."
Commissioner Larry Caddell asked county attorney Misty Leland to pursue the issue.
"I know everybody thinks we should not ever stand on anything unless it pertains to us, but this is a close issue for me," he said.
In other business, the board awarded a $109,648 bid to Macthrift Office Furniture Company of Raleigh for furniture in the Rick Rhyne Public Safety and Detention Center.
Commissioner Craig Kennedy proposed delaying the appointment of the county manager application review committee until the next board meeting. The board had discussed the matter in closed session earlier.
"I can't reveal the details of the discussion, but after considering what I brought to them in closed session, the rest of the board decided it was best to wait on forming the committee," Kennedy said. "There are things we will look at in the next two weeks, and we will make a determination at our next meeting based on that."
The meeting began with recognitions for employees who had served Moore County government for five to 20 years. Interim County Manager Wayne Vest was among the employees honored for his 15 years of service to the county.
The board meets again on Feb. 19.
Contact John Lentz at (910) 693-2479 or jlentz@thepilot. com.
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