Former NHSO lieutenant announces intent to run for Pender Sheriff

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Joseph Cina (Photo: Joseph Cina)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another candidate has thrown their hat in the ring to run for Pender County Sheriff.

Joseph A. Cina, a former lieutenant with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and current small business owner in Pender County, has announced his intent to run for Pender County Sheriff next year.

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According to a news release, Cina has more than 16 years of full-time law enforcement experience with the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office combined.  He served as a lieutenant over the New Hanover County Jail and New Hanover County Courts and a sergeant over the New Hanover County School Resource Officers, the Downtown Joint Task Force, Uniform Patrol, Bike Patrol and Housing Joint Task Force.

“I am fully dedicated and excited at the chance to serve Pender County in a higher capacity and intend to continue to make my community a safe and prosperous region,” Cina said in the news release. “I have been a dedicated admirer of Sheriff (Carson) Smith during his 15 years of service, and after his announcement to step up in a role as a representative in the state’s capacity, his exemplary leadership and dedication as Sheriff have convinced me to want to follow in his footsteps all the while supporting him in his future endeavor to become our state representative.”

Smith announced last month he would step down as sheriff to run for the North Carolina House of Representatives 16th District seat.



Earlier this week, Wilmington Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Burton, a former deputy in Pender and New Hanover counties, said he also plans to run for sheriff.