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Sheriff appointment profiles: Mark Macon

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Editor’s note: continues its look at the five people who have submitted their names for consideration for the appointment to fill the unexpired term of Halifax County Sheriff Jeff Frazier. submitted the questions to all five and will be running them in alphabetical order. The answers are published as submitted with only grammar, spelling and style edits. Comments are closed on these profiles. Thursday we publish the profile of Wes Tripp.

(Macon's full resume is attached at the end of this profile)

Name: Mark Tracey Macon

Age: 42

Residence: 112 Overstreet Drive, Enfield

Family: Daughter Akeila C. Sullivan (23); Son Mark T. Macon II (17); Son Martez T. Macon (16); Son Brandon Zion-Elisha Macon (4); Daughter Joy Alaina-Grace Macon (3) 

Work Experience:

1991 Narcotic Agent- Aulander Police Department

1992-1993 Deputy Sheriff -Northampton County Office

1993- 2006 Halifax County Sheriff’s Office; Patrol Deputy, Investigator Sergeant, Investigator Lieutenant and Patrol Lieutenant

2006-Present Chief of Police-Weldon Police Department

2010- Present Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Wesleyan College

1997- Present Certified N.C Criminal Justice Instructor

2011- Present Youth Pastor, Greater Saints Chapel Baptist Church


1989-1995 North Carolina National Guard

1990-1991 Desert Storm War Vet U.S Army


Master of Public Administrations, Concentration Criminal Justice, UNC Pembroke, 2009, Honors Graduate

B.S., Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, Western Carolina University, 2004

A.A.S, Criminal Justice, Halifax Community College, 1997

Professional Leadership 

UNC School of Government Municipal and County Government, 2013

Candidate for the National F.B.I National Academy

Chief Executive Leadership Course, Southern Police Institute, University ofLouisville, October 2012

Police Training Officer Implementation, Southern Police Institute, 2012

Implementation Intelligence-Led Policing Training Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 2012

Law Enforcement Executive Program, (LEEP), North Carolina State University, 2010-2011

Chief of Police Training Course, North Carolina Justice Academy, 2007

Professional Associations

North Carolina Chief’s of Police Association

North Carolina Police Executive Association

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Member of the Local Executive Police Committee (Halifax Community College)

Member of Halifax E-911 Board

International Association of Chief of Police ‘

Why do you want to be Sheriff?

Having worked in the Sheriff’s Office under the Fraizer administration, and now as a Chief of Police, along with my educational background, I feel I have the qualifications to fulfill the duties of the office of Sheriff.

It is my belief that every man, woman and child in Halifax County deserve to be able to live, work, learn and enjoy life in a place without the fear of being a victim of crime.  Many of us grew up in the same community where we now work and raise our children. We ask ourselves, what can we do to make our communities safe for our families. 

Being a life long citizen of Halifax County, I share those same concerns.  I want to put my experience, as a law enforcement executive, to work for the citizens of Halifax County.

If you are appointed to fill the remaining term of the sheriff by the board of commissioners, will you still file to run?

My passion to lead the sheriff’s office and protect the citizens of Halifax County will not end at the appointment of someone to finish out Sheriff Fraizer’s term. I believe I am the best candidate for the job, and I will take this time to introduce myself to those who may have questions about my leadership abilities before filing to run. 

My law enforcement career has expanded over twenty-one years.  Fourteen years have been in a leadership role.   I am blessed to have had many opportunities to work in essential areas of leadership and management.  My current position as Chief of Police allows me the chance to create and manage a departmental budget, develop staff, make command decisions, foster relationships with communities, local school systems, and local businesses, partnership with other law enforcement agencies, work with the judicial system, and provide professionalism and service to the citizens.  I am responsible for developing, planning and organizing departmental missions and goals.  I am responsible for overseeing the agency day-to-day operations and supervision. 

Politics is a numbers game, and the citizens of Halifax County want to know if they are buying into a good product. All of the candidates have one thing in common; they’re qualified. The question most citizens have, is, which candidate best fits the needs of the county and the people.  

Knowing this position is only to fill an unexpired term, do you envision making any immediate changes in personnel and administration, or do you leave things as they are until after the primary or general election? Please elaborate?

One of the advantages of working for the sheriff’s department previously is the respect and communication I established with a lot of the administration and deputies. Sheriff Frazier has been sheriff for many years and put together a great group of men and women who work for the citizens of Halifax County.  Knowing how the system in place already works, and being able to expand on the programs and workforce already in place, speaks volumes of my leadership. My immediate goal is to move the organization from “Good to Great.”  I admit, there will be challenges and with challenges come change.  Over 50% of the sheriff’s office is made up of road deputies, and they are the backbone of the organization. They are who the public see. I will deal with change in the face of it. 

What are your goals and objectives in this position?

•Enhance Community Policing and Services: Meet with communities and hear their concerns; Utilize Available Community Resources; Increase Sheriff’s Office Visibility 

•Increase partnership with local, state and federal agencies in efforts to reduce crime: Network Resources and Build Relationships

•Create a partnership with county and city school systems and the judicial system: Work closely with School Resource Deputies, Community, and Faith-Base Groups in efforts to identify problems affecting our youths. 

•Create educational opportunities for deputies and staff, utilizing self directed education: Incorporate Educational Incentives as the budget will allow, Utilize Bridge Programs through local Colleges and Universities

•Create fair recruitment and promotional systems: Utilize Assessment Centers, Focus Groups and Citizen Review Panels

•Attempt to bring deputy salaries in line with national average

•Upgrade and Increase Technology equipment: Secure grants through the federal government varied grant programs and private entities


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