Posted on: 07.6.2018 at 12:21 p.m.
By Jefferson Weaver
Anthony Spivey wants to see more people take the same kind of pride in Chadbourn that he does.
“We have a good town, and a lot of good people,” he said. “We can straighten Chadbourn up if we all work together. It’s going to take a lot of work, but the police department is going to do its part.”
Spivey was officially named chief last week, after serving as interim chief for several months.
“I think he is going to do an outstanding job,” said Mayor Phillip Britt. “I know what it’s like being a law enforcement officer, and you need to show both leadership and teamwork. Anthony really has a love for our town, and I think he will do well.”
A Cerro Gordo native, Spivey says Chadbourn has always been like a hometown to him.
A graduate of Southeastern Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program, Spivey, 32, worked for the Fair Bluff and Tabor City departments before coming to Chadbourn in 2017. He was named interim chief after Harry White left in April.
Spivey said his department’s aggressive enforcement of drug suspects is indicative of the teamwork he and his officers have developed.
“I am privileged to be the supervisor over these officers I have worked alongside,” he said. “I don’t feel like being called ‘boss’ or ‘chief’. I like being out there with them. I trained most of them, and we have a special relationship. We all work together, and we are all dedicated to helping this town.”
The increased police presence is tough on the nine-person department, Spivey said, but the public response has been worthwhile.
“We’re seeing more people feeling comfortable talking to us, and that’s a big part of police work,” Spivey said. “We have to earn the trust of our citizens, and I feel like we are doing so. We’re getting more folks willing to share information with us, and it shows.”
See more about Spivey’s promotion and his plans for the Chadbourn Police in Tuesday’s News Reporter.