|12/3/2018 2:28:00 PM|
Sheriff Brown Takes Office
Former Newton Police Chief Donald Graye Brown II was sworn in as the Catawba County Sheriff Monday (Dec. 3rd) at the Old Catawba County Courthouse in Newton. He retired as Newton Police Chief on Sunday to take the new job to which he was elected in November.
|Catawba County Sheriff's Office|
Don Brown’s career in law enforcement began in 1988 when he was hired as a Newton Police Officer. He rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 2008. Brown is a lifelong resident of Catawba County and is married to Jenny Brown; the couple have two sons. He graduated from St. Stephens High School, got an associate degree from Catawba Valley Community College, and graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Brown also holds an Advanced Law Enforcement certificate from the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has served on numerous community boards, including the Catawba County School Board.
As many co-workers and fellow officers said at his retirement reception last Thursday; Brown was well respected and much appreciated by his officers, the citizens of Newton, the Mayor and City Council members, as well as officers, agents, and chiefs of many other law enforcement organizations. Many of the speakers at the retirement reception talked about Brown’s integrity, honesty, work ethic, public service, and his ability to connect with people.
As Sheriff, Brown said he will focus on improving public trust in the office: “You improve public trust by operating ethically, honestly, and with professionalism. My office will work to operate efficiently, serve our communities, develop and maintain good working relationships, be accessible, and be transparent. We will be honest, fair, compassionate, accessible, and will always try to do the right thing, the right way, at the right time. Everyone is important and will be treated well.”
Another goal of Brown’s is to improve and foster relationships with other law enforcement agencies and community organizations: “I believe one of the keys to effective law enforcement is to work closely with other law enforcement agencies and to maintain good, professional relationships with those agencies.”
Sheriff Brown said he is looking forward to taking on the challenge of leading the two hundred deputies and staff of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office: “I know many, if not most of the deputies and employees. There are some really good people working here and most of them will stay in their positions.” Among the changes Sheriff Brown will make are new leadership for several of the divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. These leadership changes include Narcotics, Patrol, Community and Support Services, Patrol, and the Criminal Investigations Division. “I’ve selected division commanders who share my values of honesty, character, and trustworthiness.”
Sheriff Brown said he has gained strong and valuable experience and insight in his law enforcement career, “The Office of Sheriff is a leadership position and I am honored to have been chosen by the people of Catawba County. I believe I understand the values of our County, the culture of ethical law enforcement, and the needs of the people we serve. I will do my very best to lead the Sheriff’s Office and to serve the people of Catawba County.”
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