Joe Binns Named New Garner Police Chief

The former captain had been serving as interim chief for about the past year

Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has appointed Garner Police Capt. Joe Binns as the new Police Department’s chief of police effective Monday, Oct. 12.

Chief Binns has over 27 years of policing experience with the Town of Garner, most recently serving at the department’s interim chief of police for approximately the past year. Prior to that, Chief Binns was assigned as the department’s operations bureau commander with responsibilities over patrol operations, criminal investigations and special operations.

“I am pleased to announce that I have selected Joe Binns as the next Garner police chief,” Town Manager Rodney Dickerson said. “He has a wealth of law-enforcement experience and has worked his way through the ranks, excelling in the field and administrative aspects of policing. Joe is devoted to serving the Garner community. He has proven to be worthy of the position and has been actively engaging the community over the past year as interim chief. He will be a great addition to our senior leadership team.”

Chief Binns said he was honored and ready to assume his new position.

“I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” Chief Binns said. “I am proud to be selected to lead this team of dedicated, professional public servants who work diligently day and night to keep our community of Garner safe.”

Chief 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.

Chief 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.

Chief Binns and his wife, Amy, have two children, Katie and Emily. The Binns family attends the Garner campus of Hope Community Church.

A formal swearing-in ceremony for Chief Binns is planned for the Oct. 20 Town Council meeting.