Family Portrait: Sheriff Carpenter with wife Edie (on left), daughter Crystal, and son-in-law Dusty Rudisill
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Some stood in line for over a half hour to say 'thank you' to Sheriff David Carpenter as he was honored at a reception Thursday evening (Nov. 29th) at Laboratory Mill. Friday was his last day on the job, a post he has held since 2010.
Sheriff Carpenter began his career in law enforcement as a 9-1-1 dispatcher while still a senior at West Lincoln High School. In 1987 he transferred from the Communications Center to a position as a road patrol deputy under Sheriff Harven Crouse.
Carpenter worked for Crouse, Joe Kiser and Barbara Pickens and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being hired by the North Carolina Department of Corrections in 2006 as a Probation/Parole Surveillance Officer.
He was elected to his first term as Sheriff in 2010, beating his long-time friend and neighbor Terry Burgin, a former Lincolnton Police chief. Burgin later took a job in the US Marshal's office. Carpenter ran for a second time in 2014 and was unopposed.
New Sheriff Bill Beam, who was chairman of the County Commissioners this year, will be sworn into office at Monday's Lincoln County Commissioners meeting. The meeting will begin in the auditorium of the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
Two new Commissioners (Bud Cesena and Milton Sigmon) will be sworn in, taking seats previously occupied by Beam and Martin Oakes, and the board will then select its new chair and vice-chair for 2019. New Sheriff Beam will be sworn in after the Commissioners hold their organizational portion of the meeting. A reception will then be held in the lobby for the two Commissioners leaving the board and for the newly installed ones.
The Commissioners will then go to their meeting room on the third floor for the regular board meeting. Beam's deputies will then be sworn in the auditorium.
Beam had high praise for his successor: "He's done a marvelous job." Most of the deputies who served under Carpenter will be continuing to work under Beam.
The retiring Sheriff said his wife, Edie, also plans to retire soon, and they may do some traveling, but no definite plans have been made.
"I've enjoyed serving the people of Lincoln County," he told us, "it's what I've done in one job or another my entire adult life." Those who attended the reception all agreed, he's done it well.
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