Date: Nov. 8, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Jason Walker Promoted to Marine Patrol Captain
in the Wilmington District
MOREHEAD CITY — Jason Walker received the golden bars of a captain at a pinning ceremony today at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters in Morehead City.
Walker, 38, will lead the Wilmington Marine Patrol District, which runs from the Emerald Isle bridge to the South Carolina line. He will oversee a lieutenant, two sergeants and 14 field officers.
He replaces Jim Kelley, who was promoted to Marine Patrol major in July.
“Jason’s just an all-around outstanding officer and human being,” Kelley said. “He’s committed to the job, his people and the Division of Marine Fisheries.”
Walker began his career with Marine Patrol in March 1998 as a patrol officer in Beaufort County, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Three years later, he moved to Southport. He stayed in Southport until 2007, when he was promoted to sergeant in Hyde and Dare counties. In 2008, Walker moved back to the southern coastal area, first as a sergeant in Pender and Onslow counties, then back to Southport.
Early in his career, Walker set a goal of becoming a captain.
“It’s nice to make that step,” Walker said. He added that he considers it an honor to serve with the other officers in the district, and he hopes to continue the level of professionalism he has become accustomed to there.
“It’s probably the finest district in the state,” Walker said.
Walker grew up in Rockwell and graduated from East Rowan High School in 1993.
He lives in Southport with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 3-year-old son, Noah.
Contact Walker for comments at 910-796-7220 or Jason.Walker@ncdenr.gov.
Download a high resolution photograph of Walker at his pinning ceremony at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/110813-jwalker-nr-photo.