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Sheriff promotes 6

By Jack Stephens
Published in News on February 11, 2004 2:03 PM

Six more people will have new jobs with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office after the final round of promotions.

Sheriff Carey Winders has announced these changes:

*Deputies Robert Chunn, Michael Reid and Christopher M. Bezio were promoted to detective in the investigations division.

*Deputy Ian Barratt was promoted to sergeant in the civil division.

*Cpl. Jeff Williams was promoted to patrol sergeant.

*Deputy Craig Edwins was promoted to patrol corporal.

They will fill vacancies created by previous promotions.

Chunn, a 22-year Air Force veteran, graduated from the basic law enforcement program in 1998 and joined the Sheriff's Office as a special deputy and courtroom bailiff. The Alabama native was hired a year later as a full-time patrol deputy. He was promoted to detective in November.

Reid served 12 years around the world with the U.S. Army, including five years as a recruiter in Goldsboro. He was hired by former Sheriff James Sasser in 1994 as a jail officer. After the new jail was opened, Reid was promoted by Winders to corporal and then to shift sergeant.

Bezio, a Vermont native, started in 1995 as a jail officer and helped implement the current commissary contract. A year later, he was promoted to the civil division and was one of the first three deputies to start the warrant squad. He also has worked on patrol and then returned to the civil division.

Bezio started the department's dive team with Barratt, and he also was one of the original members of the sheriff's honor guard. Bezio also is a certified instructor of basic law enforcement and jail officers' classes.

Williams was a Goldsboro police officer for three years before joining the Sheriff's Office in 1992 as a bailiff. Then he was promoted to patrol deputy in 1993 and to corporal in 1996. He was the first deputy to be certified as an Intoxilyzer operator and as a dog handler, in 1995. He also has been certified as an instructor in criminal justice and police dog training. A master sergeant with the 916th Security Forces Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Williams served about 18 months in Operations Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

Edwins was hired in 1999 with the Sheriff's Department as a patrol deputy. He completed the basic law enforcement class in 1992. He is a member of the sheriff's honor guard and Special Weapons and Tactics team.