Gov. Cooper nominates Elizabeth City police chief as next state public safety secretary

North Carolina News
Eddie Buffaloe (Elizabeth City Police Department)

Eddie Buffaloe (Elizabeth City Police Department)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The police chief in a northeastern North Carolina city is Gov. Roy Cooper’s next public safety secretary.

Cooper on Tuesday appointed Elizabeth City Public Safety Director Eddie Buffaloe to become his secretary of the state Department of Public Safety.

Buffaloe is also the current president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police.

Buffaloe is subject to state Senate confirmation.

He succeeds Erik Hooks, who was nominated by President Joe Biden to become deputy administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Buffaloe and his officers helped keep the peace following a fatal shooting this spring involving the local Pasquotank County sheriff’s office.

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