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Greg Tart Sworn In As Clayton Police Chief


Veteran law enforcement professional and Clayton native Greg Tart was sworn in as Clayton Chief of Police Friday by Johnston County Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock in a small ceremony held at The Clayton Center.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell, District Attorney Susan Doyle, Town Council members, and several members of the Tart family attended the ceremony.

The former State Bureau of Investigation deputy director has served as Acting Chief of Police since mid-November.

Town Manager JD Solomon said, “Chief Tart has done an exceptional job of leading our police department over the past few months. It is good to officially get “acting” out of his title.”

“This is an honor,” Tart said. “I can’t tell you how humbled I am to be able to come home and be police chief. Clayton is home; it’s where I grew up, where I belong. There’s no place in this country that I’d rather be.”

Tart retired from the SBI in December 2017 after nearly 30 years of law enforcement service in North Carolina. Tart has worked with numerous law enforcement agencies across the state and with prosecutors on state and federal levels. When he retired from the SBI, he managed eight field offices with a force of more than 600 sworn and non-sworn employees.

After his retirement Tart served as a reserve duty deputy sheriff with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. He also did investigative contract work for the State Crime Lab and the UNC University system.

In 2018 Tart was a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest honor for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.

He and his wife, Krystal, live in Clayton, and have two daughters, Elizabeth, 25, and Isabelle, 13.

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