Simpson named Police Chief
Clint Simpson, a 24-year veteran of the Eden Police Department, has been selected as the new police chief for the City of Eden. He will assume his responsibilities effective May 1 upon the retirement of Chief Greg Light. Light will retire as Eden’s police chief after serving more than two years in that position and with a record of 28 plus years of service to the citizens of Eden.
Light is sure his successor is the right fit for the position. “Clint is a very dedicated police officer and cares about our community,” he said. “I was able to work with him in the detective division for a number of years and I often called on him to be the lead investigator on the most serious and complicated cases. The success and integrity of the department are paramount in his decision making and goal setting. He performs the job the way he expects others to perform. I’m fully confident in his ability to continue leading the department."
Interim City Manager Terry Shelton echoed that feeling. “I have great confidence in Clint’s leadership potential and believe he will be an excellent police chief,” he said. “He has an outstanding relationship with the Mayor and members of the Eden City Council, Eden residents and other Eden employees. We are very pleased to be able to continue our tradition of promoting one of our own from within our organization.”
Simpson started with the department in 1996, working his way through the ranks. In 2011, he was named lieutenant of the detective division and in 2017, was promoted to deputy police chief.
He is a graduate of the Piedmont Leadership Academy and the UNC School of Government’s Municipal and County Administration Program. He holds numerous certifications including an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, a Criminal Investigator Certificate from the N.C. Justice Academy with more than 500 hours of training, and is a certified Basic Law Enforcement Training General Instructor with more than 2,200 hours of training.
Simpson is a member of the United Way of Rockingham County and N.C. Police Executives Association. He serves on the Salvation Army Board of Directors and the Rockingham Community College Criminal Justice Curriculum/BLET Advisory Board. His past memberships include the Eden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Eden Lions Club and Piedmont Leadership Academy Advisory Board. He was past president for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 and a past board member of Rockingham County Crime Stoppers.
Simpson and Angela, his wife of 27 years, are the proud parents of two children, Sydney and Matthew. When he is not working, Simpson enjoys spending time with his family, camping, coaching baseball and watching his son play baseball.
Edwards named Deputy Chief
John Edwards, a 25-year veteran of the Eden Police Department, has been promoted to deputy chief effective May 1.
Retiring Police Chief Greg Light has worked with Edwards for most of his career. “I have great respect for John,” he said. “He has been a valued colleague for many years and a tremendous asset to the department.”
Edwards is a lifelong resident of Eden. He began his law enforcement career with Eden in 1994, earning a promotion to sergeant in 2002 and to lieutenant two years later. He has served as the administrative captain for the last nine years. He is one of 13 original members on the department’s Special Response Team, serving with that group for 14 years.
He is a graduate of Rockingham Community College and the Piedmont Leadership Academy. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and Specialized Firearms Instructor Certification from the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. He is an instructor for RCC in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program and a Law Enforcement In-Service Instructor.
Edwards is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Eden Lodge 5 and holds the treasurer seat on the local lodge executive board. He is also a member of the N.C. Police Executives Association and the N.C. Association of Chiefs of Police.
Edwards and Susan, his wife of 27 years, have two children. Son Sean is currently deployed in the U.S. Navy and daughter Katelyn is a sophomore at Western Carolina University studying to be an athletic trainer. Outside of work, Edwards enjoys teaching, working outside, riding motorcycles and spending time with family.
Moore named Administrative Captain
Paul Moore, a 17-year veteran of the Eden Police Department, has been named administrative captain of the department effective May 1.
“Paul is invested in our department and community,” retiring Police Chief Greg Light said. “He will do a great job. I have complete confidence in his abilities and work ethic.”
Moore was born and raised in Eden, joining the U.S. Army after high school and serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. After seven years of military service, he returned here to raise his family.
He joined Eden Police in 2003 and while in the investigation division, became the department’s first crime scene investigator. Moore worked his way up through patrol and investigations and most recently served as patrol lieutenant.
Moore has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the Piedmont Leadership Academy. He holds a Crime Scene Investigation Certification with the N.C. Justice Academy and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.
Moore and Stephanie, his wife of 29 years, have daughters Claudia and Avery, son Gavin and grandson Boston. While off duty, Moore enjoys sit down dinners with his family, offshore fishing, and Morehead football.