EDGECOMBE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS do not understand the importance of good law enforcement.

EDGECOMBE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS are not understanding the importance of good law enforcement.

Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up their game since Clee Atkinson has become Sheriff. However, the Sheriff can only do what the funds allow him to do. Edgecombe County Sheriffs Department needs better pay and an attractive package to recruit more deputies and to also retain the good deputies that they have.

ECSO deputies start off at $30,488.00 and a 40 year veteran with a degree is only making $40,000.00 yearly.

Other agencies like Nash and Rocky Mount are starting their deputies and officers well above the $36,000 mark. The RMPD police chief was making $140,000 yearly in 2016 and even more today. Sheriff Atkinson makes half of that Salary.

When deputies see a better pay opportunity with better equipment and other attractive packages they are going to leave, there is just no getting around it. That includes our great Sheriff Atkinson. He has done lots of good things and we do not want him to leave either. (not saying he is, just would not blame him if he does)

Why are the commissioners hesitant to spend money on the Edgecombe County Law Enforcement?

Where IS the money being spent?

Sheriff Atkinson has made public pleas to the Commissioners but they are not listening. Remember these things when voting time comes around.

Edgecombe County can not be proactive and protect the citizens of the county if there are no deputies to do so.


Leonard Wiggins, Chairman                                            Jonathan Felton, Vice-Chairman
PO Box 345 – Rocky Mount, NC 27802                         PO Box 248 – Macclesfield, NC 27852

leonardwiggins@edgecombeco.com                             jonathanfelton@edgecombeco.com
(252) 442-0625                                                                      (252) 827-5298

Evelyn Powell                                                                   Viola Harris
2349 Morning Star Church Rd.                                     609 St. David St. 
Battleboro, NC 27891                                                     Tarboro, NC 27886
evelynpowell@edgecombeco.com                                    violaharris@edgecombeco.com
(252) 446-8939                                                               (252) 824-0053

Donald C. Boswell                                                             Rev. Wayne Hines
1376 Pleasant Hill Road                                                   1546 Bedford Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27801                                                  Rocky Mount, NC 27801
donaldboswell@edgecombeco.com                              waynehines@edgecombeco.com
(252) 442-0782                                                                (252) 446-1594

William “Billy” Wooten                                                Michael Peters        
      282 McNair Road                                                        Edgecombe County Attorney
      Tarboro, NC 27886                                                     P. O. Box 308   
      billywooten@edgecombeco.com                              Tarboro, NC, 27886
      (252) 641-2784                                                            Telephone: 823-8108