Jay Fortenbery was officially sworn in as Edenton’s Chief of Police on January 15, 2009. Chief Fortenbery began his career as an officer for the Rocky Mount Police Department in 1989 where he rose to the rank of Sergeant. His work experience with the Rocky Mount Police Department includes; Patrol Officer, Narcotics Task Force Officer, Patrol Corporal, Juvenile Investigator, Fraud Investigator, Major Crimes Investigator, Special Response Team member, Communications Supervisor and Patrol Sergeant. He also has 19 years experience as a criminal justice instructor and has taught or teaches courses including; Communication Skills, Verbal Judo, Juvenile Law, Firearms, Interviews, and Dealing with Victims and the Public. Chief Fortenbery has earned his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification along with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Nash Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College, and a Master of Justice Administraion from Methodist University. He has also completed the Management Institute Program of Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Training Center at Wilson Community College.
Chief’s Law Enforcement Philosophy – “Law Enforcement is an honorable profession, and police officers must serve and protect with integrity.”