First woman police chief of Craven County

BRIDGETON, N.C. (WITN) – Katie Johnson was sworn in as Bridgeton’s police chief at the Bridgeton Town Hall on Tuesday, becoming Craven County’s first-ever female police chief.

Originally from Ohio, Johnson moved to Craven County with her husband in 2007 after he retired from the Marines. In 2012, she completed basic law enforcement training at Craven Community College and rose through the ranks to her current position.

Johnson aims to inspire other women to pursue their goals in any field of work.

“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do it because you can and we are…and we have. We’re going to keep moving forward, and females are going to be a force to be reckoned with in law enforcement. I’m excited to be part of it, so I can’t wait!” Johnson said.

Johnson expressed her excitement for the future of law enforcement in Craven County and plans to increase community involvement by the Bridgeton Police Department.

“No major changes are planned, but I aim to have Bridgeton Police more involved with the community I call home,” Johnson said.