Havelock officially swears in new police chief

HAVELOCK, N.C. (WITN) -A veteran law enforcement officer was sworn in Monday night as the newest police chief for a city in the east.

Michael Broadwell’s family and friends came out in numbers to celebrate his swearing-in as the new Havelock police chief.

“We had to wait a little while to get all the paperwork through, but it’s official,” said Havelock Mayor, William Lewis.

“I always had a goal of being a police chief, but with law enforcement, it takes a long time,” Broadwell said. “It’s not a job where you get promoted within a year or two.”

Broadwell is replacing former police chief Chris Morning, who served in the position for about a year before retiring this past summer.

Broadwell brings 22 years of law enforcement experience to Havelock as he served more than half those years in Greenville and Washington, which he believes prepared him for any situation.

“I know what’s like to step down into a smaller town but if we have big city issues, I’ll be able to resort back to my training experience,” Broadwell said.

Broadwell has been hitting the ground running ever since he was announced as the new police chief back in November.

Now that he’s officially been sworn in, he understands even more why he chose Havelock.

“It just seemed like a good fit,” Broadwell said. “It’s a small-town community they welcomed me and it’s a great team to work for.”