Former Nags Head Police Chief Webster now interim chief in Elizabeth City

By on August 10, 2022

Nags Head Interim Police Chief Perry Hale

Update: While the Nags Head press release did not indicate where Police Chief Webster was going, a post he has written on the Elizabeth City website identifies him as the Interim Police Chief there.

“As your Interim Chief of Police, I am committed to creating innovative approaches to delivering excellent police services in a fair, equitable, humane and compassionate manner,” reads the message from Webster. “I am committed to promoting this community by preserving the peace and reducing criminal elements so that citizens and visitors may live and conduct business without concern or fear.  Our police officers adhere to a policy-structure-law approach and are guided by the core values of integrity, honesty, responsibility, professionalism, fairness, and respect.”

An effort to reach Webster for immediate comment was unsuccessful.


Nags Head Police Chief Webster departs, Deputy Chief Hale takes interim post

In a short and terse statement issued on Aug. 10, the Town of Nags Head announced a changing of the guard at the top of the town’s police department.

Here is the statement.

“Town Manager Andy Garman announces the departure of Police Chief Phil Webster from the Town of Nags Head. The town wishes him well in his future endeavors. Long-time employee and Deputy Police Chief Perry Hale has been appointed as the Interim Police Chief until a permanent replacement can be found.”

For background, Webster was hired in 2019 to replace retiring Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley, who is currently a member of the Nags Head Board of Commissioners. Prior to taking the job here, Webster had spent his 25-year career with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, the last three and a half years as the chief there.

This is Hale’s second stint as Nags Head Interim Police Chief as he stepped into that role during the period between Brinkley’s retirement and Webster’s hiring.


  • Concerned citizen

    The citizens of nags head need to be very concerned about the corruption on the town board! This was a political play over jealousy by what Chief Webster accomplished over what a former chief and current town board member accomplished. This whole thing is disgusting. I just hope they dont do the same to Mr. Hale he is a good man. Next Chief better be very careful!

    Wednesday, Aug 10 @ 4:37 pm
  • C A

    While my interests in just who is the Police Chief is relatively small, I do however want them to be successful, and protect our children, schools, and properties of course.

    This being surely understood, what caused the outgoing Chief to so abruptly resign?

    In regards to a search process for a new Chief, it seems obvious to me the repetitive appointment of Officer Hale as Interim Chief is a clear choice. If he’s willing to take the position.

    We’ve got to have stability, and some continuity in these vital positions. Someone already invested and knowing of the community sounds like a winner to me.

    Thank you,

    Wednesday, Aug 10 @ 5:33 pm
  • Mike Raphone

    Assistant Chief Hale for the second time in now interim chief. This guy is rock solid, and he should be given the opportunity to be chief.

    Ill reiterate what CA said above: “In regards to a search process for a new Chief, it seems obvious to me the repetitive appointment of Officer (Assistant Chief*) Hale as Interim Chief is a clear choice. If he’s willing to take the position.”

    Thursday, Aug 11 @ 8:34 am
  • Soozee

    A definite Yes for Assistant Chief Perry Hale.

    Thursday, Aug 11 @ 12:07 pm
  • BC

    The town is blessed to have Perry Hale. He is a good man and consummate professional. CHIEF Hale is beyond appropriate in this circumstance!

    Thursday, Aug 11 @ 2:03 pm
  • Mark A Williamson

    Temporary Asst. Chief Hale would be an excellent candidate for CHIEF

    Sunday, Aug 14 @ 12:43 am