Support Services Bureau
Major Craig Smith
Major Craig “CC” Smith, a native of Southern California while growing up as a military dependent, Major Smith has traveled extensively through the United States and abroad. Major Smith graduated from Wayne Community College with an AAS Degree in Criminal Justice and from N.C. Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Hired by Wilson Police Department, in 1989 he graduated from Coastal Plain Law Enforcement Academy. Since then, he has worked various assignments including Patrol, Selective Enforcement, Bicycle Team, and Central Business District patrol. Major Smith was certified as a North Carolina Criminal Justice Instructor in 1996 and he graduated from both the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 1998 and the L. E. A. D. S. Management Program at the University of Virginia in 2001.
Major Smith has served as the South District Commander, Special Response Team Commander, Field Operations Commander, and he is currently the Support Services Bureau Commander. Major Smith enjoys hunting, fishing, off-road racing, youth sports, and scouting. He is married and has great 3 children, a dog and a cat.
The Support Services Bureau is made up of the Administration Division, Professional Standards Division, Special Operations Division, and the Investigations Division
Captain Kendra Howell
Captain Kendra Howell is the Commander of the Administration Division. Captain Kendra Howell is a native of Wayne County, North Carolina. She began her career with the Wilson Police Department in October 1993. During her years with our department, Kendra has been a part of the following divisions/functions: training officer, former SRT member, Honor Guard member, juvenile detective, Patrol and Administrative Sergeant, former Accreditation Manager and Patrol Commander for eight years.
Kendra earned her BS degree in Science from East Carolina University. Additionally, Kendra earned her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Public Administration in May 2012 from Methodist University. She is a certified instructor through North Carolina Training and Standards commission. She currently teaches juvenile law, mental illness and developmental disability, and first line supervision.
Her current position is Administrative Division Commander. She is responsible for the general oversight of the following duties and functions: off duty assignments, light duty personnel, payroll, Police Information Technology Specialists, field training program, CIT coordinator, vehicle maintenance, building maintenance, Downtown Officer, Housing Authority Officer, and major events within the city.
Professional Standards Division
Captain Eric Smith
Captain Eric Smith is the Professional Standards Division Captain He is responsible for management of the following areas: Accreditation, Grant Management, Procurement, Budgeting, Inspections, and Internal Affairs. He has worked at the Wilson Police Department since October of 1991. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from East Carolina University. He is a Graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) at N.C. State University. He earned his Masters of Justice Administration from Methodist University in December 2011.
Eric is a certified law enforcement instructor and routinely instructs at the Coastal Plains Law Enforcement Training Center. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Barton College and teaches classes in the Criminal Justice Program.
Eric lives in Wilson, is married, and has two children. Eric loves tournament bass fishing and woodworking. He currently is a Co-Captain of the department’s Relay for Life Team and the Post Advisor for the department’s Explorer Post.
Sergeant Stuart Haste
Special Operations Division
Captain Tad Shelton
Captain Tad Shelton is the Commander of the Special Operations Division. He is a native of Greene County, and has been employed with the City of Wilson Police Department for over 27 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He is an Administrative Officers Management Program (AOMP) graduate of N.C. State University.
Captain Shelton oversees the following duties and functions: Problem Oriented Response Team (PORT), Gang Unit, Strategic Traffic Enforcement Patrol (STEP), Vice/Narcotics Unit, Task Force Investigators, Barton College, Park Rangers, Domestic Violence, Public Information, and Honor Guard. Capt. Shelton has served the agency in many capacities over the years. He has served and supervised in both Field Operations and Support Services.
Capt. Shelton was one of the original members of both the Special Response Team (SRT) and Honor Guard. He is married and has two sons.
Captain Keith Pendergrass
Captain Keith Pendergrass is a native of Vance County. He has several years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer. Keith has been employed with the City of Wilson Police Department since 1994 after serving two years with the Cary Police Department. In addition, Captain Pendergrass has recently retired as a commissioned officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard where he has twenty years of service. Keith holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wilson Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from North Carolina Wesleyan College. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a core theme in Public Administration from North Carolina State University in 2010.
He is a 2001 graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program from North Carolina State University. Keith holds a state instructor certificate and teaches several courses in the police academy at Wilson Community College. He began his career in Wilson as a patrol officer. Keith was transferred to investigations in 1997 and worked narcotics until being promoted to sergeant in 1999. Keith supervised a patrol team until being transferred back to investigations in 2003 where he supervised the narcotics unit. In 2004, Keith transferred from narcotics to supervise the criminal investigation and major case investigators. He remained in this position until being promoted to Lieutenant in 2006.
Currently he is the Captain of the Criminal Investigations Division and the commander of the Special Response Team. Keith is married and has three adorable children.
|Benny Boykin||Police Sergeant|
|Steve Gardner||Police Sergeant|
|Winston Harris||Police Sergeant|
|Stuart Haste||Police Sergeant|
|Kelly Lamm||Police Sergeant|
|Steve Stroud||Police Sergeant||399.2350|
|Rob Weatherford||Police Sergeant|
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