By Keith Barnes
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MICRO — With friends, family, former law enforcement associates and local elected officials among the crowd of more than 45 assembled Saturday morning at the Micro Volunteer Fire Department Donna Greene was sworn in as the new Micro chief of police.
The swearing-in had previously been set for August, but Greene had several people she wanted to be present.
Greene, the first female police chief in Johnston County’s history, began her official duties on Aug. 1 and has been on the job since then “learning all she can about the town and the people of Micro,” said Greene.
Prior to Greene’s hiring, Micro had been without a chief of police or an active police force since former Micro Police Chief Frederick (Rick) Hendren resigned as chief on April 27.
“This is a momentous occasion,” said Micro Mayor Jay Warren. “We are extremely blessed to have a chief that loves this town.”
“Donna Greene is the right person for this job,” said Micro Police Commissioner Jay Langston. “She is a go-getter and fits right in. We are really pleased to have her as our chief.”
Greene, who has been in law enforcement for 20 years, said after being hired she wanted to send a message to Micro residents that she is passionate about Micro and has a commitment to law enforcement
“I want to be the community chief, the kind that people can come in and feel like I am an extension of their families,” said Greene.“This is my home, I live here now and if you have a problem, then it is my problem.”
Greene had said earlier among the first items on her agenda were to go back and look at unsolved cases over the past five years, make sure all police department equipment including weapons and radar units were checked to ensure they are working properly and to identify senior and disabled residents to ensure the police department checks on them often.