Elizabeth City Police Department recaps Webster’s first week as interim chief

By on August 17, 2022

Elizabeth City Interim Police Chief J. Phillip Webster.

The abrupt departure of Nags Head Police Chief Phil Webster, who has become the interim chief of the Elizabeth City Police Department, has fostered two mysteries. What caused Webster to leave his Nags Head job, and according to a story in The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City, what is the reason for the departure of Police Chief Larry James in that community.

On Aug. 16, the Elizabeth City Police Department issued a lengthy release reporting that “J. Phillip “Phil” Webster completed his first full week as the City of Elizabeth City’s new Interim Chief of Police. It was a full and productive week, one that started out with Interim Police Chief Webster introducing himself to the Men and Women of the Police Department one week ago on Tuesday morning, August 9…One of Interim Police Chief Webster’s first and major priorities will be to focus on filling the vacancies the department currently has.”

Another excerpt reported that “During his first week on the job, Interim Police Chief Webster reviewed and approved routine budgetary requests, attended several executive meetings, met with a local business partner, attended a back-to-school event that involved a dance off…participated in a “Lunch and Learn” event with fellow City staff members, and accepted two speaking engagements – to speak to a group of senior community members and also at a local church for a law enforcement officer appreciation event.”

While Webster was named interim chief in Elizabeth City, Deputy Police Chief Perry Hale has been interim chief in Nags Head.



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  • lippy

    Checking comments here to find out the real story

    Wednesday, Aug 17 @ 10:36 am
  • C A

    Interesting the former Nags Head Chief has showed up in Elizabeth City wearing an Interim tag.

    Of course while we learned all about what he did during his first week, we have not learned a thing about why this man left Nags Head.

    In addition, how do you get hired from outside an agency as an Interim Chief?

    Nothing wrong with it, I’ve just not ever seen nor heard of that happening like that.

    Typically, it’s a stepping up from someone already in the agancy. Such as Chief Hale of whom by the way Nags Head would be wise to strip that Interim tag off, and make him permanent.

    So, what happened with Chief Webster, and how did he get to Elizabeth City in such a fashion?

    Wednesday, Aug 17 @ 11:06 am
  • L Dotson

    Why it can’t be a Police of color? Why it got to be another white man? This part of the problem in this country.

    Wednesday, Aug 17 @ 2:15 pm
  • Mike Raphone

    L Dotson…. Wow, that is quite the racist statement! People on any side of race (as there are many) won’t shut up about it, and move along. THAT is part of the problem in this country!

    Friday, Aug 19 @ 11:40 am