Clayton Appoints Interim Police Chief
15-Year Veteran to Lead Department
Updated April 15, 2013
The Town of Clayton is excited to announce the appointment of Capt. R.W. Bridges as Interim Chief for the Clayton Police Department. He started as an officer with the Town of Clayton almost 15 years ago and has worked his way through the ranks to become one of the department’s top leaders. He’s credited with many Clayton Police “firsts,” including the formation of Clayton’s SWAT Team, leading the newly formed administrative division, and championing the department’s impressive international accreditation status. He’s looking forward to continuing Clayton’s excellent law enforcement services.
“I sincerely appreciate the Town Council and Town Manager’s confidence in my leadership abilities,“ said Bridges. “I will work to ensure we move through this period of transition without any diminishing of police services to the public.”
Bridges will take the helm on April 30th just as the current Police Chief Glen Allen moves on to his new role as head of the North Carolina State Capitol Police. Governor Pat McCrory selected Allen to take on this high-ranking leadership position in Raleigh after 6 successful years in Clayton and more than 3 decades in police work in the state. The public is invited to a special retirement celebration for Chief Allen on April 24th from 4-6 pm at the Clayton Law Enforcement Center, 315 East Second Street.
Raised east of Clayton in Washington, North Carolina, Bridges served four years in the Army in the intense, high-pressure role of air traffic controller. He went on to serve a decade with the Raleigh Police Department, serving as a radar and driving instructor.
He joined Clayton as an officer in 1998, moving up through the ranks of Sgt., Lt., and Capt. Bridges led the Patrol Division for almost seven years. In 2003, Bridges formed Clayton’s SWAT Team and has remained the Team’s Commander ever since. Then in 2006, Bridges took over the newly formed Administrative Services Division. He has worked under three different police chiefs in Clayton, including Chief Paul Keene, Gary Ragland and now Glen Allen.
Chief Allen is especially proud of the work Bridges spearheaded in earning the department advanced international accreditation for the past four years, an honor that has brought a boost to the Clayton Police Departments already stellar reputation. Bridges hopes to continue to help Clayton’s officers maintain that highly-respected reputation in the community.