Command Staff

  1. Bernette Morris

    Bernette Morris

    Chief of Police
    Biography
    Chief Morris began her career in 1995 with the Morehead City Police Department.

    Education
    She is a graduate from the Law Enforcement Management Program and holds an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. She holds an Advance Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice and Training and Standards Commission.

    Professional Career
    She was part of the initial Governor's Highway Safety sponsored Traffic Squad established here and has served the Department in several capacities before being promoted. She was recognized in 2008 on a State level for her work with children in the "After School Program" (ASP) that she holds here at the Morehead City Police Department. She became a member of the North Carolina Associations of Chiefs of Police in 2015. She was also appointed to serve on the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council as the "Chief of Police" representative for Carteret County and on the 911 Communications Advisory Board.

  2. Bryan Dixon

    Bryan Dixon

    Deputy Chief of Police
    Biography
    Deputy Chief Dixon began his career with this Department in 1999 after serving in the Army.

    Education
    He has a Master's Degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University. He is a graduate from the North Carolina State University Administrative Officers Management Program, the North Carolina Justice Academy's Management Development Program, and has been awarded the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.

    Professional Career
    Deputy Chief Dixon currently serves as the Special Operations Division Commander. He is responsible for the Criminal Investigation Unit, Narcotics Unit, Training Unit, The Crime Prevention Unit, and Support Services.

  3. Haywood Wilder

    Haywood Wilder

    Police Captain
    Biography
    Captain Wilder began his tenure with our Department in 1997 and is currently serving as a Patrol Captain responsible for all four patrol squads.

    Education
    Captain Wilder has a Bachelor's Degree from Elizabeth City State University, is a member of the North Carolina Police Executives Association and holds and Advance Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice and Training and Standards Commission.

    Professional Career
    Captain Wilder has approximately 25 years of service to the citizens of this town and county.

  4. Tim Guthrie

    Tim Guthrie

    Police Captain
    Biography
    Captain Tim Guthrie began his career with this Department in December of 1997.

    Education
    He received his General Instructor Training for Law Enforcement in the spring of 2002. He received his Specialized Law Enforcement Driving Instructor training in 2002. He was awarded his intermediate in 2002 and advanced certificates in 2006 in accordance with the standards of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Commission. He recently attended and completed the specialized firearms instructor training. Captain Guthrie successfully completed the Coastal Plain Law Enforcement Management Institute Program in March of 2017.

  5. Cathryn Double

    Cathryn Double

    Police Records Supervisor
    Biography
    Cathryn Double began her career with this department in 2001.

    Professional Career
    After serving in the Army, she became a part-time police records clerk with our department. Cathryn is currently serving as our Police Records Supervisor and holds an Associate's degree in business administration. She is responsible for the Records Division, budgeting, and is also our liaison with the Division of Criminal Information.