I am pleased to welcome Chief David Jones as the first town EMS chief. The EMS became a town department on March 1. Chief Jones was selected from a pool of 28 applicants for the position. He was selected after a thorough and lengthy review process. Chief Jones first day of service was on February 26 and he assumed responsibility for the Town EMS Department on March 1.
Chief Jones served as a Captain with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores Fire & EMS Department, and oversaw emergency medical services for that department. He has worked in the fire and EMS in Carteret County since 2001, and his career also includes service in the Town of Morehead City Fire & EMS Department. I am pleased to welcome David to our Town staff. I know he will do an outstanding job. Please join me in welcoming Chief Jones to the Town of Emerald isle. Drop by the EMS to welcome David! I would like to thank all the members of our EMS staff for their outstanding service and dedication to our town. Thanks for a job well done.
Congratulation to Advanced Police Officer Bill Morris on his achievement of the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Certificate. This is a very prestigious certification, and Officer Morris is one of only 284 police officers in the state of North Carolina to achieve this certification. He received his certificate at the February Board of Commissioners meeting. Congratulations Officer Morris.
Congratulations are also in order for Tony Brilakis, the outgoing Chairman of the Neighborhood Watch Committee. Tony has served as Chairman since January 2016, and has been very active in the Neighborhood Watch Program since its inception in early 2014. Tony was publicly recognized by Chief Tony Reese and myself at the February Board of Commissioners meeting. Congratulations Tony for all of your hard work and dedication.
The Police Educating the Public (PEP) program in April will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 10am, in the Town Board Meeting Room. All business owners in Emerald Isle are encouraged to attend. The program will be on Loss Prevention and Safe Hiring Practices for your Business. The instructor will be Lt. Ketchum. This should be a very informative and helpful program. Please make every effort to attend.
Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation takes great pride in the Summer Day Camp program offered to children ages 6-12 (must have completed kindergarten) each summer. A lottery system will be in place for registration. Registration forms must be turned in between 8am on April 23 and 5pm on April 27. This is an outstanding program offered by Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. For questions contact Sarah Cutillo at 252-354-6350.
The Emerald Isle Fire Department Lifeguard Program is currently seeking host families for our Summer 2018 season. The idea of a host family supports Emerald Isle’s reputation as a family beach. If you are interested in becoming a host family for one of our lifeguards please contact the Emerald Isle Fire Department immediately. Information is available at our website https://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/lifeguard-host-family-program . Phone calls may be directed to the Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.
April is a great month on the Island. The weather will be warming up and we will be getting more visitors to our area. Enjoy the month and I will see you around our town.