N.C. Marine Patrol gets new leader

Kelley, veteran officer, will take over as colonel on Feb. 1

North Carolina Sportsman

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Jim Kelley was promoted to colonel yesterday and will head the N.C. Marine Patrol.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Jim Kelley was promoted to colonel yesterday and will head the N.C. Marine Patrol.

Jim Kelley, a veteran of almost 25 years in the N.C. Marine Patrol, was promoted to colonel on Monday and will head the patrol beginning on Feb. 1, replacing Rex Lanier, who retired last Nov. 1.

Kelley began his career with the Marine Patrol in 1989 as a field officer in the Belhaven area. He was promoted through the ranks to sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major, serving in Dare County, Wilmington and then Morehead City. He is the only Marine Patrol colonel in recent years to have held every rank and has worked in every district.

“Jim has vast experience in all the Marine Patrol districts of the state, so he’s seen all the various activities out there,” said Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. “His knowledge and understanding of the fisheries and rules, and his willingness to work with the fishermen as best he can, make him a good fit for colonel.”

His experience has earned Kelley the respect of his fellow officers, Daniel said.

“He’s had his boots in the boat and been involved in multiple investigations,” Daniel added. “He’s been out there shoulder to shoulder with these guys.” 


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