Command Staff

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Bryan Dixon, Chief of Police


Chief Dixon began his career with this Department in 1999 after serving in the Army.


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

Chief Dixon served as the Special Operations Division Commander. He was responsible for the Criminal Investigation Unit, Narcotics Unit, Training Unit, The Crime Prevention Unit, and Support Services.

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September Tuttle, 

Deputy Chief of Police


Deputy Chief Tuttle joined the Morehead City Police Department in December 2023, with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience. 


She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She received an Associated Degree in Applied Sciences from Davidson County Community college and a Cyber Crime Technology Certificate from Forsyth Technical Community College. 

Professional Career

Deputy Chief Tuttle began her career as a cadet with the Winston-Salem Police Department, while she earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Following that, she enrolled with the department's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program and became a sworn law enforcement officer. She has worked in a number of roles, including Patrol, Education Services Unit, Recruiting Unit, Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of the Chief of Police.  She later worked for the Winston-Salem State University Campus Police Department, where she was the Administrative Captain and oversaw the Internal Affairs, Recruiting, Communications, Evidence, Planning and Accreditation and Logistics. 

In 2017, she became a CALEA Assessor (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) and travels to law enforcement agencies across the world evaluating their compliance with an international set of law enforcement standards. She has previously served on the board as Secretary for the North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Network (NCLEAN) and serves as a mock assessor across the state.

Deputy Chief Tuttle is a General Instructor for the State of North Carolina and has completed over 3,500 training hours over her career. Some of her advanced training includes Computer Forensics, AR-15 armorer, Accreditation Manager (APCO International/CALEA), Interview and Interrogation, FBI Carolina Command College and she will soon attend Firearms Instructor School.

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Tim Guthrie, Police Captain


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


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.

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