Godwin to Serve as Cary’s Police Chief
CARY, NC – Cary Town Manager Ben Shivar has tapped Deputy Police Chief Tony Godwin to serve as the Town’s Police Chief, effective immediately. Godwin, 48, was selected from over 75 applicants from as far away as Oregon and Nevada. He replaces retired Police Chief Pat Bazemore, who left the Town on July 31 after over 29 years of service.
“In my 19 years with the Town, I’ve seen Tony excel as he’s worked his way up through the department, including earning the respect and confidence of his fellow officers and staff as well as the Cary Council,” said Shivar. “Tony knows Cary, and he will do a great job for our community.”
Godwin joined the Town of Cary Police Department in 1990 as a patrol officer. He spent the next two-and-a-half decades working his way through the ranks, serving in leadership positions on Cary’s Emergency Response Team, Field Operations and Criminal Investigations Division; Godwin served as major for both the Services Bureau and Operations Bureau. He became Cary’s Deputy Police Chief in 2014. Today, the Town of Cary Police Department is nationally accredited, with a total of 238 staff including 195 sworn officers.
“I am truly humbled by the honor of this appointment and will work tirelessly to build upon the great work of those who served as Chief before me,” said Godwin. “Cary is an incredible community, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead our police department and work with the rest of Town government in continuing our contribution to maintaining Cary’s high quality of life.”
Godwin holds a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from NC State University. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, North Carolina Police Execs Association and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He and his wife of 17 years, Shannon, have two children.
Tony Godwin, Police Chief, (919) 469-4325
Ben Shivar, Town Manager, (919) 469-4002
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240