Police Chief Dennis Cooper announced his retirement at the Town Council meeting, Tuesday, June 21st. Chief Cooper served the town as the Chief of Police in an exemplary manner for 20 years. He was hired in 1992 as a patrol officer and was promoted to Chief in 1996.
Chief Cooper is a much beloved person in the Kure Beach community and is noted for his fairness, honor and integrity. He has been a role model for many town employees, in how to treat others. Chief Cooper developed the town's police force into a well-respected presence in the town, with an excellent reputation in surrounding areas. The Town's officers reflect the values the Chief personifies.
"I hope I leave you (Kure Beach) with a police department that is very healthy and very strong," Chief Cooper said. "They have a bright future going forward--each and every one of them. I thank the residents of the Town. It has been a great place to live and a great place to be chief. I think we've had a lot of support from the people, and I greatly appreciate it. I have to thank my wife more than anyone."
It is with great appreciation and gratitude that the Town Council thanks Chief Cooper for his two decades of dedicated service.
At a special meeting earlier on June 21st, the Town Council promoted Lt. Michael P. Bowden to Police Chief, effective July 1, 2016. Lt. Bowden has served the town for 16 years.
"Mike Bowden is very highly qualified and is extremely familiar with the town," said Mayor, Emilie Swearingen. I believe I'm not speaking out of turn when I say he has the full support of our entire police department in this decision and our entire Council." Bowden will be sworn in at Town Hall on July 1st at 10:00 a.m.