Joe Binns Named Interim Garner Police Chief

Garner Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has appointed Garner Police Captain Joe Binns as the Police Department’s interim chief.

He fills a role that becomes vacant today (Friday) as Chief Brandon Zuidema resigns his position to become assistant town manager for Morrisville. Zuidema has served as Garner’s police chief since December 2009.

Binns has over 26 years of policing experience with the Town of Garner, with his most recent assignment being the Police Department’s operations bureau commander with responsibilities over patrol operations, criminal investigations and special operations.

“I am pleased to announce Captain Joe Binns as the interim Garner police chief,” Dickerson said. “I believe his credentials and experience make him well-suited for the interim position as I decide on the long-term direction of the department. It is a testament to the Police Department that it puts individuals in positions and provides training that prepare them to take on expanded leadership roles.”

Binns is a graduate of the 261st session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Va. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in political science and a master’s of justice administration from Methodist University in Fayetteville.

Binns is an LGFCU Fellow and a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy through the UNC School of Government. He also is a Paul Harris Fellow member and past president of the Garner Mid-Day Rotary club, and he volunteers in his department’s Police Athletics and Activities League (PAAL) program at Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner.