Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced his intention to seek election for the office of Sheriff of Moore County in the 2014 election.
In a release stating his intent Godfrey called it a "great honor and privilege" to serve the citizens of Moore County, and he pledged to continue to work closely with citizens and other law enforcement agencies in Moore County to make the county a safer place.
Godfrey was appointed Sheriff to replace Lane Carter who retired from the same position on April 30, 2013.
Godfrey has approximately 40 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career as a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on August 15, 1973. He retired from the SBI in May of 2002 and was appointed by Carter as his chief deputy in December, 2002. The chief deputy is the No. 2 position in department.
While Godfrey served as chief deputy, the Sheriff’s Office was awarded several large grants and has made many improvements in the utilization of technology, which Godfrey says has enabled the deputies to perform their duties more safely and effectively.
He was also very involved in the design and construction of the new Rick Rhyne Public Safety and Detention Center. In addition to his duties as Chief Deputy, Sheriff Godfrey has served on several county committees.
Godfrey has received over 2,500 hours of law enforcement training. He has completed the Law Enforcement Executive Program sponsored by North Carolina State University and is a Certified Public Manager.
Godfrey and his wife, Linda, live in Whispering Pines and are members of the First Baptist Church in Southern Pines. They have two sons, Brian and Brent, who live in Charlotte.