• At least three within Dunn Police Department applied.
By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON and LISA FARMER
Of The Record Staff
Dunn City Manager Steve Neuschafer announced Wednesday Wake County Sheriff’s Maj. Charles “Chuck” West II has been hired as the new Dunn Police chief. He will start Friday, Dec. 1. The Clinton native has served with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years having been promoted to major in 2015, overseeing the Criminal Investigation Division.
Mr. Neuschafer released the following statement, “I am very excited for our police deprtment and community because Chief West will be a great addition. I have great confidence that he has the skill set to not only lead the department, but to also partner with our community leaders as we continue the great service to the residents of Dunn.”
Maj West will earn $86,000 in Dunn. In Wake County, he is making an annual salary of $91,000.
At least three officers in the Dunn Police Department applied for the position including one of two acting chiefs, Capt. Johnny Royal. Capt. Royal did not want to comment.
Maj. West said his ties to the area are part of the reason for his interest in the Dunn chief’s position.
His maternal grandparents, R.L. and Eula Ernestine Thornton, are from the Coats area. His paternal grandparents, Charles Russell and Myrtle McLeod West, are originally from the Erwin area and lived a short distance from Erwin Mills.
“I have been around that community all my life and it is an opportunity for me to be closer to my family, so why wouldn’t I be interested?” Maj. West said.
He said he wants to learn the community.
“I want to come to that community and lead,” Maj West said. “The primary thing I want to do is to get to know the department and to get to know the community. I look forward to working together with the people of the community.”
After graduating from Clinton High School, Mr. West graduated from Sampson Community College with an associate degree in criminal justice in 1991. He earned a bachelor degree in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University in 2014 and later a master’s degree in public administration from Fort Hays State University.
After being employed by the Wendell Police Department in 1991, Maj. West joined the Wake County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.
Since 1992, Maj. West has worked in many areas; as lieutenant in special operations, he supervised the K-9 and Highway Interdiction Teams; as captain, he was the director of internal affairs investigating all Equal Employment See Chief, Page 3
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Opportunity Commission complaints; and in his most recent roll as major over the Criminal Investigations Division, he supervised 76 full-time staff.
Maj. West is married to Wendy West and has three children, Kaitlyn, Gabby and Hunter. He currently resides in Fuquay-Varina. He said he will move to the Dunn area.
Maj. West takes the position left vacant by Chief William Halliburton who resigned in Dunn after seven months on the job. In his resignation letter, he said he was leaving for personal and family reasons.
In addition to Capt. Royal, Capt. Larry Jenkins has been serving as interim chief. Both men have been with Dunn Police for 24 years. Both served in this same role last year when the department was without a chief. Capt. Jenkins did not apply for the position.
When Mr. Halliburton was hired, Dunn officers learned about it through The Daily Record. This time the news was released to the media only after officers had been told of Maj. West’s hiring.
— Tom Woerner contributed.