Manteo elevates Brad Eilert to Police Chief

By on February 19, 2024

(Town of Manteo)

Manteo Police Chief Brad Eilert.

The Town of Manteo is pleased to announce its new Manteo Police Department Chief, Brad Eilert. Chief Eilert has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with 16 of those in a supervisory role. He has incredible leadership skills and has helped build positive and effective relationships with stakeholders, staff, and the entire Outer Banks community.

On Oct. 31, 2023, Police Chief Vance Haskett retired, and Eilert was sworn in as Interim Police Chief. Town Manager Melissa Dickerson put together an interview committee consisting of two longtime law enforcement experts, Bill Godley and Scott Parker. The reviewed the four applications for chief and interviewed candidates on Feb. 16.

Chief Eilert began his career with the Manteo Police Department in 2019 and previously held the position of Police Lieutenant prior to being named Interim Police Chief. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. In addition, he earned a Law Enforcement Administration Certificate while obtaining his Master’s Degree. Chief Eilert attended the FBI National Academy and the Leadership Institute at the NC Justice Academy, where he earned Certificates in Traffic Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Leadership.

Not only does Chief Eilert have an abundance of training, but he also values the importance of sharing that knowledge and his experiences with other law enforcement officers. He is the School Director for both General Instructor and Speed Measuring Instrument Programs at the College of the Albemarle, Dare Campus, providing instruction and assistance with related classes including the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.

Chief Eilert was born and raised in Petersburg, VA in a family with deep roots in the law enforcement profession with a total of 93 years of service combined. His father, Stephen, retired as the Police Chief for the Petersburg Bureau of Police (Virginia) and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, his sister, Stephanie, retired from the Colonial Heights Police Department (Virginia), and his twin brother, Chad, retired from Prince George County (Virginia). Currently, his brother-in-law, Keith Early, serves as the Police Chief for Prince George County.

Since 2001, Chief Eilert has lived on the Outer Banks and moved to Manteo in 2016 with his wife, Becca who is a registered nurse at Outer Banks Hospital. Eilert has two sons, Brayden (18) and Barrett (12) and they attend Manteo schools. He enjoys spending time with family and community and has helped coach his children and others through Dare County Baseball. Chief Eilert is also a member of the Knights of Columbus through the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk.

Chief Eilert shared that ‚ÄúWe will continue to build trust and positive relationships with our community, stakeholders and law enforcement partners to establish an effective and efficient form of policing. Through innovation and training, we will build upon the capabilities of our very well-trained personnel and adapt to the evolution of law enforcement. We will always strive to be part of the community and provide the best service possible to keep Manteo a safe place to live and visit.‚ÄĚ

Town Manager Dickerson added that ‚ÄúThe Town of Manteo and its staff are looking forward to continuing our close working relationship with Police Chief Brad Eilert. His accomplishments are many, his relationships with others are held in high regard, and his proven leadership will only help strengthen the Town of Manteo‚Äôs commitment to being a safe¬†place¬†to¬†live,¬†work,¬†play,¬†and¬†raise¬†our¬†families.‚ÄĚ


  • BC

    Congratulations Chief. Very proud of you and all of your accomplishments! The Manteo community is blessed to have you as their Chief.

    Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 8:46 am
  • surf123

    Glad they promoted from within instead of bringing in an outsider to police what is a larger Mayberry. The only relevance of the 93 years of service within his family is having a group of like minded thinkers which is not ideal. Hopefully he thinks outside of the law enforcement box.

    Tuesday, Feb 20 @ 10:01 am
  • Soozee

    Wonderful choice and well deserved! Congratulations Chief Eilert! The Town of Manteo should feel blessed to have you.

    Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 11:31 am