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Governor Cooper Appoints North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Director

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed R.E. “Chip” Hawley to serve as the Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. He will fill the vacancy created when Director Robert Schurmeier’s term ends on June 30, 2023.

“The SBI is North Carolina’s premier law enforcement agency and it’s critical that it has strong leadership focused on keeping North Carolinians safe and who will maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. Chip Hawley brings decades of experience and leadership and strong law enforcement credentials to this role,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m grateful for his willingness to serve North Carolina.”

Hawley brings over 40 years of experience in state and local law enforcement. Hawley is currently Chief of the North Carolina State Capitol Police. Previously, he worked at the Wake County Sheriff’s Office where he served as the Major of Criminal Investigations, Major of Patrol Division and Captain of Patrol Division. He has also worked as a Police Officer in the Coats Police Department and at North Carolina State University.

Chief Hawley is being nominated to succeed outgoing Director Robert Schurmeier, whose term ends June 30.

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