A former lieutenant from the Wilmington Police Department is now the chief of police of the airport in Jacksonville.
Renado Prince was officially sworn into the role Thursday by Onslow County Clerk of Court Bettie Gurganus with nearly 30 family members, co-workers and friends in attendance.
Prince has a military background and quickly worked his way up the ranks within the Wilmington Police Department.
"What I've done since age 18 I think has prepared me for the position of OAJ chief, especially considering my Air Force time working with air operations, safeguarding aircraft and maintaining restricted areas. I am blessed to have the experiences I've had," Prince said.
As police chief of Albert J. Ellis Airport, Prince will be responsible for directing and supervising airport security, maintaining compliance with TSA regulations, and planning and implementing a training program for airport officers.
Those tasks are in addition to supervising and patrolling the airport perimeter, access points, ramps and secure areas. He will ensure law enforcement certifications are in accordance with state regulations and maintain all law enforcement records. The chief must supervise the fingerprinting program, criminal history record checks and issue security credentials for Albert J. Ellis.
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