Havelock High grad now a captain in charge of Wilmington district

A Havelock native has a new rank and a new job with the N.C. Marine Patrol.

Carter Witten received his golden bars as a captain during a pinning ceremony at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City.

As such, he started a new job at the head of the Wilmington Marine Patrol District, which covers an area from the Emerald Isle bridge south to the South Carolina border.

Witten replaces Jason Walker, who was recently promoted to major. He will oversee a district that includes two sergeants and 14 field officers.

“I’m enjoying the new position and am looking forward to getting to know my new family down south,” Witten said.

Col. Dean Nelson, head of the Marine Patrol, described Witten as a “go-to guy” who has volunteered to down multiple projects for every section in the division.

“If you needed a job done, he was the one who stepped up, volunteered and did it,” Nelson said.

Witten most recently served as a sergeant in Craven, Pamlico and Beaufort counties. He has also now worked in all three Marine Patrol Districts.

Witten, 41, began his career with the Marine Patrol in July 2001 as a patrol officer in Hyde County. He transferred to Carteret County in July 2002, where he patrolled the Newport River, and later to Craven County, where he patrolled the Havelock and New Bern areas.

He was promoted to sergeant for Hyde and Dare counties in September 2008, and transferred to Craven, Pamlico and Beaufort counties in March 2011.

At his pinning ceremony, Witten thanked his family and fellow officers for supporting him and helping him get to where he is today. Witten’s wife Joy and 14-year-old son Taylor pinned his bars on him during the ceremony.

Prior to joining the Marine Patrol, Witten worked with the Havelock Police Department from October 1998 to July 2001. He graduated from Havelock High School in 1994 and received his Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate from Carteret Community College in 1997.