BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Todd Coring was officially sworn in as the new police chief of Southport on Friday afternoon.
The ceremony at Southport Baptist Church drew family, friends, law enforcement, first responders, and community members.
“I’m so glad my family is here to support me as well as role models in my life," said Coring.
The ceremony started with a speech by Southport's mayor, who said that Coring is the right person for the job at the right time.
Coring placed his hand on a Bible and was sworn in by a judge as the new chief of police.
"Everybody keep us in your prayers as we move forward," said Coring. "We're going to try and make the citizens proud and give them a police department they deserve and that they can be proud of."
He admits he wasn’t sure if he wanted to work as a police officer or in law enforcement early in his career. Coring is continuing a legacy after his father and grandfather also served as Southport’s police chief.
Last week was Coring’s first week on the job.
“It’s a comfort to me to be able to walk outside the front doors of the office and walk downtown to the waterfront and just talk to folks and kind of get their ideas and what they want to see of our police department,” said Coring. “I know with everything that has happened, there is going to be some eyes on us, and I just want to make sure that we hit the ground running and we are very proactive.”
The Southport Police Department became mired in controversy after previous leadership was accused of taking on second jobs as truck drivers while they were on the clock — and supposedly on patrol — with the police department.
Coring’s selection as police chief was announced in a special city meeting in late October. He transitions to the role from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and as Southport’s mayor pro tem.
Coring worked with the ongoing internal audit of the Southport Police Department, according to Southport’s mayor.
Coring said Friday a final report of the audit is expected in the next few days.