GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A veteran police officer has been sworn in as Greenville’s next police chief.
Greenville City Manager Ann Wall announced on Monday that Ted Sauls, Jr. is getting the job permanently.
“I am delighted to appoint Chief Sauls as chief of police for the City of Greenville. He comes to us with almost 26 years of law enforcement experience, having served in almost every role there is in the police department. In addition to that, he brings to us leadership,” Wall said.
Sauls is a nearly 26-year law enforcement veteran who has dedicated his entire career to the Greenville Police Department, holding roles as deputy police chief for the last 9 years. He has also been the interim police chief three separate times during his tenure at GPD.
Sauls is a native of Greene County and a graduate of East Carolina University, as well as the FBI National Academy. As a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Sauls is among an elite group of less than one percent of the country’s law enforcement officers.
He was sworn in Friday morning at City Hall and looks forward to serving the City of Greenville.
“I’m extremely honored, humbled, somewhat shocked because you realize it’s a much bigger step than anything you’ve done before and even though you’ve been in positions of command and been in charge, being responsible for every man and woman who works for us is a tall task and I take that very seriously,” Sauls said.
One of his goals includes creating districts where officers will be assigned.
“We’re going to insert districts into our map now so that the officers have an even better area of accountability so that they know this is what I’m responsible for because I think it helps build ownership,” Sauls said.
His wife, Paula Sauls, expressed confidence in his leadership. “I look forward to… it’s his time to see things done in a matter that he thinks is the best way and to see some of his vision.”
Sauls says he wants the public to see his department as a resource of safety and support.
“What I ultimately want is for the criminal element in our town to know that it will not be tolerated, that we are going to enforce the laws of the state, and of this city, and this nation. but at the same time, if you give us a chance, we are truly here for everybody,” the police chief said.
Sauls replaces Mark Holtzman who resigned after seven years as head of the police department in July. Holtzman is now chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain.
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