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Franklin County man is Creedmoor’s police chief
ON THE JOB. District Court Judge Daniel F. Finch, left, swears in Keith E. King as Creedmoor’s new chief of police as King’s wife, Kristen, holds the bible. King is a Franklin County native with many years of experience in law enforcement.
CREEDMOOR — Franklin County resident Keith King was sworn in as the new Chief of Police last month.

King was raised in Louisburg, where he still resides with his family, wife Kristen and daughter Morgan.

King spent more than half of his law enforcement career in larger state agencies, however when asked why he was interested in going to Creedmoor he noted that Creedmoor was much like the city he grew up in, adding “bigger is not always better.

“I wanted to return to my roots in a local law enforcement agency; the Creedmoor Police Department provided me with the opportunity to do just that.

“One benefit of being in a smaller agency is the ability to be more involved in the community and getting to see the positive results of the department’s efforts first-hand.

“I’ve only been here a short time, but am already seeing the efforts, dedication, skills, certifications, and talents of our officers.  I want to assist in further developing those strengths while having the department work more closely with the community.” 

King reflected, “The Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks have a term for their fans.  They call them the ‘12th Man’ - meaning the fans are the additional player that plays a helpful role in the game. I see the citizens of Creedmoor as the ‘12th Man’ of the Police department because without citizen and overall community support, the department will not be as successful.”

King is a 20-year law enforcement veteran with a record of distinguished professional service at both the state and local level, including his immediate past position as the Deputy Director of the NC License and Theft Bureau. 

His law enforcement service includes patrol and investigative experience, as well as command-level operational and administrative experience.

Complimenting this service record is King’s more than 17 years of volunteer fire/rescue experience and 12 years as a State-Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and North Carolina Community College Instructor.

King comes to the city with an equally impressive educational background including a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership & Change from Pfeiffer University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Mount Olive College, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Vance-Granville Community College.   King also holds several certifications including Law Enforcement Accreditation Assessor, Law Enforcement Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Specialized Driving Instructor, Specialized Subject Control and Arrest Instructor, Executive Protection Certification, and Incident Command and National Incident Management. 

He is a member of the NC Law Enforcement Training Officer’s Association, the NC State Fire Association, the NC Fraternal Order of Police Officers, and the NC State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board.

City Manager Tom Mercer expressed the city’s eagerness to bring King on as the new Police Chief.

“After conducting a comprehensive recruitment and selection process, we identified King as a candidate that stood out among the pool of applicants. 

“I was impressed with him from the very first Skype interview and he continues to impress others with his knowledge and experience.  Although it is early in the game, I am confident that he will move the Police Department to the next level in professionalism and commitment to community needs.” 

Mercer continued, “We also want to extend our appreciation to Captain Ricky Cates for his willingness to serve as the interim chief while the city searched for the new police chief.

“Cates is a team player, working diligently and wearing multiple hats while the search was on-going. Cates served out of a sense of duty but is glad to once again focus on a job he excels in and loves, investigations.”

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