Edenton hires new police chief

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Henry King Jr. , a captain with the Rocky Mount Police Department, has been hired as the new police chief in Edenton. He succeeds Jay Fortenbery, who retired in December.


From staff reports

Friday, April 6, 2018

EDENTON — A 17-year veteran of the Rocky Mount Police Department is the new police chief in Edenton.

Edenton Town Manager Anne-Marie Knighton announced Friday that Henry King Jr. has been hired to succeed former chief Jay Fortenbery who recently retired.

King, a captain in the Rocky Mount department, currently serves as commander of its criminal investigations division. He manages investigations of both major and property crimes in that role.

“I believe Henry will be a terrific fit for the Edenton Police Department,” Knighton said. “His enthusiasm and dedication to helping people is one of the attributes that impressed me during our meetings.”

King's first day on the job will be May 7, Knighton said.

King takes over from Daroyll Brown, who has been serving as interim police chief since January, following Fortenbery’s retirement in December.

In January, Fortenbery started working as an assistant professor at Elizabeth City State University where he teaches criminal justice in the Department of Sociology and Behavioral Science.

King is the second Rocky Mount city employee to snag a top job in public safety in the region in recent months. In February, Corey Mercer, 47, a battalion chief with the Rocky Mount Fire Department, was hired as Elizabeth City’s fire chief.