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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A former Wilmington Police lieutenant is the new police chief at Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville.

Renado Prince was sworn in yesterday.

Prince, who grew up in Brunswick County, is a military veteran and worked his way up at WPD as a patrolman and a crime scene investigator before he was promoted to lieutenant after five years. As a lieutenant he was the director of the special operations division, the criminal investigation division and director of patrol services, including K-9, boat unit and air operations.

“The military teaches us to seek greater responsibility as we progress,” Prince said. “Naturally I sought to continue to move up, however there must be an opening. Unfortunately there were not many slots to which I could be promoted. When I saw the opening for a chief position at Albert J. Ellis, it just seemed like a natural progression, so I applied. I am here by the grace of God.”

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