Proud moment: New Morehead City Police Chief Wrenn Johnson sits with her son, Chandler, at Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony.
...The honor roll of chiefs gained a new member Tuesday with the announcement that Wrenn Johnson, a 19-year veteran of the Police Department who has served the past year as interim chief, has been officially named Morehead City's chief of police.
A room full of family, department members, town employees and members of the area law enforcement community gave a standing ovation following the announcement, and several of Johnson's predecessors were there to welcome her
to the post. Former Chief William J. Condie was head of the department when Johnson was hired in 1986 and saw then the qualities of a good police officer and public servant.
...Johnson joined the department as a patrol officer and worked her way up.She held the rank of major - the department's second highest post - at the time she was appointed interim chief.
While rising in rank, she
also worked to further her
training and education.She holds a master's degree and was one of only five applicants for the job to have graduated from the prestigious FBI Academy. Johnson
graciously accepted the praise for her
accomplishments, but she
was quick to credit her
success to the things she
has learned from those around her
"I think it's important that we remember that we are part of the community and we are here to serve the community," she
said after the swearing-in ceremony."I have a lot of confidence in the people of Morehead City
and the members of this department." Johnson
took the oath of office with her
9-year-old son, Chandler, holding the Bible at her
side. After Johnson was sworn into office, her mother pinned a chief's badge on her uniform, and past chief Sammie Turner pinned the chief's insignia on her collar.
The final decision came down to the leadership Johnson
displayed as interim chief.