ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office held an awards and recognition ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker started things off by recognizing Ray Marlowe and Tommy Lennon, each of whom are leaving the Sheriff’s Office to pursue other career interests.
“It’s our loss, no doubt,” said McVicker.
He also told those present that a new program has been started at the sheriff’s office. McVicker explained that there is a rigorous process the deputies go through that includes testing as they are vetted for promotions.
McVicker also thanked those in attendance for the ceremony, which included family members of those being recognized.
“I appreciate you being here,” said McVicker.
Capt. Jeff Singletary presented retiring Sgt. Warren Holder with a plaque recognizing his service to the Sheriff’s Office, which totaled 11 years and seven months.
Capt. Jeff Bridgers recognized the new employees. They included: Jailer John Brock, Telecommunicator Christian Callihan, Deputy Reese Daniels, Deputy James Dove, Deputy Robert Ivey, Gary Turlington — training, Investigator Rodney Warwick.
Then Bridgers moved on to recognize those receiving promotions.
Wanda Monroe was out of town, but she was promoted to corporal; Channing Willoughby was also promoted to corporal; Leon Graham was promoted to corporal; Cley Carroll was promoted to corporal; Greg Bullard was promoted to investigator; and Chris Brisson was promoted to investigator.
“I’m very proud of them,” said McVickers.
—Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.
Capt. Jeff Singletary presents retiring Sgt. Warren Holder with a plaque recognizing his service. Holder worked with the sheriff’s office for 11 years and seven months.
Capt. Jeff Bridgers, far right, recognizes deputies receiving promotions on Friday afternoon. Receiving promotions are Chris Brisson, Greg Bullard, Cley Carroll, Leon Graham, and Channing Willoughby. Not pictured was Wanda Monroe.