New Police Chief Introduced During Dec. 8th Council Meeting

The Carolina Beach Town Council welcomed their new Police Chief during the opening of their December 8th, meeting.  Vic Ward - retired from the NC Highway Patrol - will take over the position of Chief following the retirement of Chief Chris Spivey. The Carolina Beach Town Council welcomed their new Police Chief during the opening of their December 8th, meeting. Vic Ward - retired from the NC Highway Patrol - will take over the position of Chief following the retirement of Chief Chris Spivey.

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 09 December 2020 02:50

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH  - The Carolina Beach Town Council introduced their new Police Chief, Vic Ward, during their Tuesday December 8th, meeting.
The Council voted Tuesday August 11th, to hire a company to aid in the search for a new Police Chief following the announcement from current Chief Chris Spivey that he planned to retire in December of this year.
Chief Chris Spivey informed the Council on Tuesday July 28th, that he will retire effective December 1st, 2020 after serving within the department for over 20 years.
The Town of Carolina Beach announced in late November that retired State Highway Patrol Officer Vic Ward was hired as Police Chief of Carolina Beach. He began his new position on December 1, 2020.  Ward  assumes responsibility for public safety of the town, overseeing 32 police officers and administrative staff.
Having spent almost 30 years employed with the NC State Highway Patrol (SHP), Vic has experience working as a Trooper, K9 handler, district supervisor, and served as the SHP’s liaison to the state intelligence center and member of the Homeland Security Task Force.  His skills and past duties also include serving as the Commander of the SHP Internal Affairs Unit. Vic retired from the SHP as Deputy Commander (Lieutenant Colonel) where he supervised field operations, executive protection units, and professional standards.  
A native North Carolinian, Vic is married and has two adult children.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from UNC Wilmington and a master’s degree in Justice Administration at Methodist University.  He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Southern Police Institute.
After accepting the position of police chief for Carolina Beach, Vic stated “I am very honored to have been selected as Police Chief of Carolina Beach. I look forward to working with the men and women of the department, town leadership, the community, and all of our public safety partners."
Chief Ward's swearing in ceremony was delayed because the N.C. Board of Training and Standards had not yet officially transmitted the appropriate paperwork to the Town to officially allow him to be sworn as chief. Not a major development, but merely a paperwork delay. Chief Ward will be sworn in the coming weeks during a ceremony at Town Hall once that paperwork has been received by the Town.
Town Manager Bruce Oakley explained, " We went through a real lengthy process and we had over 70 applicants. some really qualified candidates. One stood out more than everyone else and that was Vic. He's an eastern North Carolina native from Whiteville. He is an UNCW Wilmington graduate. He actually worked at the cinema here in Carolina Beach while he was in college."
Oakley explained Ward graduated from the FBI national academy and the south policing institute.
Oakley explained, "He started as a trooper with the NC Highway patrol and worked his way all the top as Deputy commander and was actually interim commander appointed by the governor to the Highway Patrol. So he's gone from trooper all the way to the top so we are real excited about having him here."
Ward said he looks forward to working with the Council and the officers of the department.
Former Police Chief Chris Spivey informed the Town Council on Tuesday July 28th, that he will retire effective December 1st, 2020 after serving within the department for over 20 years.
Town Manager Bruce Oakley explained, "Chief Spivey was hired by the Carolina Beach Police Department in 2000 as a patrol officer. Throughout his more than 20 years of service with the Town, Chief Spivey rose through the ranks, serving in many capacities, including assignments with the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Division, and Supervisory Command Staff. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chief of Police."
During the meeting on July 28th, Oakley explained, "Since I've been here I've never seen a Chief so committed and dedicated to the Town, to the staff, to the citizens. Police Chiefs are always on call but Chief Spivey has taken it to a whole other level. Anytime I've ever needed him no matter what time or no matter what he's got going on, whether he is on vacation... he responds in minutes."
Spivey explained, "It has been a journey and a roller coaster" and, "Twenty years is a long time. At this time it's perfect for me to spend a little more time with my family and after conversation with them, I've decided that December 1st, 2020 would be my retirement date." Spivey thanked the entire Town staff and all police and fire personnel for their service over the years.

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