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Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster elected President of the North Carolina Sheriff's Association

Posted Thursday, August 11, 2011

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New Bern, NC - Chatham County made North Carolina history last month when Sheriff Richard Webster was elected as the President of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (NCSA). Sheriff Webster recently attended the (NCSA) 89th Annual Training Conference held in Craven County, North Carolina with other sheriffs and law enforcement professionals from across the State. Sheriff Webster was elected by his fellow Sheriffs as President of the (NCSA) for the upcoming 2011-2012 year.

Not since 1940, when Sheriff George H. Andrews was elected to this position, has a Sheriff from Chatham County held this prestigious office in the (NCSA). Sheriff Andrews, a Bonlee native, grew up in the Rives Chapel Community and was elected President of the NCSA on July, 1940. Sheriff Andrews served as Sheriff of Chatham County from 1932 to 1949.

After serving as First Vice President for 2010-2011, Sheriff Webster was formally elected to the presidency of the association on Tuesday, July 26th. He succeeded 2010-2011 President Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County. Other new officers for 2011-2012 include First Vice President, Sheriff Tony Perry of Camden County, Second Vice President Sheriff Kevin Frye of Avery County, and Third Vice President Sheriff Asa B. Buck, III of Carteret County. Sheriff Brad Riley of Cabarrus County was installed as Treasurer/Secretary of the association.

Sheriff Webster said, "Our Annual Training Conference allows North Carolina's sheriffs to discuss their experiences and learn from each other, as well as bring ourselves up-to-date on important law enforcement developments. North Carolina sheriffs have a complex role as constitutional officers leading law enforcement within their respective counties. Our duties often require that we be available to personnel and to the public continuously. My staff and I will use this knowledge to further serve and protect Chatham County's citizens."

"Sheriffs in every county of North Carolina are facing tremendous challenges in carrying out their responsibilities for law enforcement and the safety of our citizens; maintenance and operation of local jails; recruiting, training and retaining talented personnel; working with domestic situations, child abuse cases, serving civil papers, tracking sex offenders in the state, issuing weapons permits, providing court security, and in many other areas," said Sheriff Webster.

Retired Randolph County Sheriff Litchard Hurley, former (NCSA) president and close personal friend of Sheriff Webster, performed the honor of administering the oath of office to the newly elected president.

The Chatham County Honor Guard performed at the installation banquet including the presenting and retiring of colors, singing of the National Anthem, Amazing Grace, and God Bless America. The Honor Guard also impressed banquet attendees with several inspiring musical performances that included:

• ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’ a traditional hymn and performed by Administration Assistant Beverly Goldston McLean and Deputy Eric Lindley:

• ‘My Wish’ recorded by Rascal Flatts and performed by Deputy David Chestnutt;

• ‘Respect’ originally recorded by Aretha Franklin and performed by Administration Assistant Beverly Goldston McLean;

• ‘What a Wonderful Day’ recorded by Tricia Walker and performed by Stacey Stuart, wife of Lieutenant Doug Stuart.

• ‘God Bless the USA’ recorded by Lee Greenwood and performed by Deputy Eric Lindley;

Conference guests during the 4 day event included:

Governor Bev Perdue
Attorney General Roy Cooper
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
State Auditor Beth Wood
Chief Justice Sarah Parker, Supreme Court of North Carolina
Justice Paul Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina
Justice Bob Edmunds, Supreme Court of North Carolina
Secretary Reuben Young, Department of Crime Control and Public Safety
Secretary Al Keller, Department of Correction
Scott Thomas, Chair, Governor’s Crime Commission
Greg McLeod, Director, State Bureau of Investigation

At the Annual Training Conference, sheriffs discussed issues of interest to the Office of Sheriff, including updates on new changes to the law and procedures, as well as an update on the newly enacted State Budget by the 2011 General Assembly.

The Association Headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Edmond W. Caldwell, Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

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Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster elected President of the North Carolina Sheriff's Association
Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster.
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