Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Has Played Games In Both The Appointment When Sheriff Phil Ellis Retired & Now During Sheriff James Knight Retirement

Detective/Dare Officer James L Knight had one obstacle in his way for a few minutes when he announced he was seeking the appointment when Sheriff Phil Ellis announced his retirement over the weekend and left office in 1996.

Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee member called a community meeting in Rocky Mount with a room full of black folk and a few whites. He said he was there to talk about getting Phil Ellis Chief Deputy Donnie Taylor appointed. I will never forget the 1st time I met Mrs. Dorothy Joyner from Rocky Mount when she stood up and said she was there to get a black person appointed and if that was not the case she didn’t need to be at the meeting. Joyner got the support of the folk in the room and while doing so Higgs no longer had anything to do with the meeting and the next series of meetings because Roy Gray was made chair of the meeting and I was made secretary.

Since Ellis had gone Chief Donnie Taylor was in command until Knight appointment went into effect.

Now in 2017 Rev. Roosevelt Higgs just happen to be the county Chair so he gets to play with the appointment of Sheriff again by supporting Knight’s next in command Chief Deputy Allen Moseley. When Moseley asked to meet with me I reminded Moseley of what happened during the appointment however since he was working with the Sheriff Office he knows some of the story. Well he knows that Chief Deputy Taylor didn’t get the appointment just because he was next in command and that the system decided the appointment whether one like the system or not, that is what happens.

During this appointment Rev. Roosevelt Higgs is playing games because he is the leader of the Democratic Party and have some weak officers his vice chairs, secretary and treasurer that has been one of the most ineffective county executive officers make up that we have had since the late 80’s. I have been serving on the as a precinct chair/vice chair, county chair/vice since the late 80’s so therefore I have been on the county executive committee all of these years so I have been a voting member all of these years. I know the process, I know the people and I stand by what I say and if I should error I have no problem with making necessary corrections.

It was Sheriff James Knight desire to announce his retirement in a timely fashion so that the Democratic Party could call a meeting a few days after his retirement was official so that by the next Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting the party would have submitted a name and the appointment would have been all said and done. Okay Sheriff Knight’s retirement will be official Tuesday February 28, 2017 and a good party chair would have had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 1 so that we the executive committee would meet and vote on a candidate to be appointed. The name would be submitted to the County Commissioners and at their meeting on March 6 the appointment could have been done.

But this year since the annual precinct meetings window to have the meetings are February 22, 2017 til March 8 so again Rev. Higgs could have called a meeting on March 9 and then the county commissioners could have a called a special meeting to just do the appointment.

When I a precinct chair received my precinct package around 2 weeks ago there was no mention about Sheriff James Knight Retirement, nothing about an upcoming meeting absolutely nothing about the appointment.

So as it stands at the moment since no letters have gone out, say for instance Higgs send out a letter on or after March 8 look at the time frame for the letters to go out to the executive committee and when they will receive them. The office of Sheriff will be vacant as of March 1. A meeting would need to be called so we can meet to vote. If the Edgecombe County Commissioners do not receive a name from the Democratic Party within 30 days then the commissioners can appoint who they want to.

Higgs is a member of the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission who have announced a 2nd Sheriff Forum to be held. Higgs, the secretary and one of the vice chairs of the Democratic Party all 3 are members of the Human Relations Commission need to be focused on setting a time and date so the Democratic Party can have the real meeting and anyone can attend to sit in hear the candidates before we vote.

We need to bring this appointment to closure as soon as possible. Because of Higgs and the other 5 county officers of the Democratic Party lack of leadership and communication on this appointment there has been lots of misinformation being spewed out on pages like Tarboro 27886, The Tar River Times and the Edgecombe Tribune along with the daily communication I am having via social media and/or in person/phone calls.

Sheriff James Knight has taken the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office to a whole new level by bringing all parties and races together around the office over the years. Knight set the bar for an individual elected official to attempt to obtain as it relate to politics. Knight has set an example for other Sheriff Offices across the state also.

It is a damn shame that the Democrats of Edgecombe County have allowed one person to hold us right where we are. Oh yeah we have made some progress but it has been by the Grace of God. I have challenged the Democratic Party over the years because I don’t play when it comes to folk coming together making decisions that affect my life, my family and other folk lives.

It is time for the Edgecombe County Democratic Party to get it together.

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee Should Meet On March 1st To Recommend A Name To Present To County Commissioners For Sheriff Appointment

Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight to retire effective February 28, 2017. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee should meet on March 1st or by March 5th so they can have a name to present to the county commissioners at their regular monthly meeting on March 6, 2017. The Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee consist of the county 6 officers, all precinct chairs and vice chairs along with all elected officials.

As a precinct chair I have only heard from one person who is interested in the appointment. The time is now to make it known if you are interested in the appointment.

See related: Edgecombe sheriff announces retirement

Tarboro NC – St. Paul MBC Men’s Day Celebration Messenger Deacon Sheriff James Knight

Powerful message to the men, “Men In Unity!” Challenge to the men.
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Castalia Missionary Baptist Church Deacons, Deaconess & Trustee Program Featuring Deacon Sheriff James Knight & Edgecombe County Law Enforcement Choir Sunday March 15, 2015 4:00 PM

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Photos/Video: Whites Chapel MBC Black History Featuring Sheriff James Knight Pastor Tommy King Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00 AM

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Edgecombe-Tarboro Drug Task Force arrest hundreds in investigation – New 5


TARBORO, N.C. – As a result of a year long undercover drug investigation called operation “Checking Our List,” the Tarboro Police Department and Edgecombe County Sheriff’s office announced they had arrested hundreds of people buying, selling, and transporting illegal drugs.

In all, 10 agencies helped with the round up in Edgecombe County.  

Deputies say they served more than 100 warrants and seized more than 40 doses of heroin, as well as cocaine and marijuana. Law enforcement officials say the drugs taken off the street are worth more than $1 million.

Damon Williams, Tarboro Police Chief, says this all adds up to a safer community.

“Drugs, gangs, weapons all go together,” Williams said. “So we’ve made an impact in that entire area within the entire county.” (Source: Read more)

General Election 2014 Sheriff Races Edgecombe/Wilson/Nash Counties

Sheriff Elections in all 3 counties I felt would turn out the way they did.

Edgecombe County Sheriff race Danny Colbert challenged Sheriff James L. Knight. That race turned out just like I knew it would. Sheriff Knight is the first black Sheriff of Edgecombe County and has been in office since being first appointed in 1996 to serve the unexpired term of former Sheriff Phil Ellis who retired. Sheriff Knight was first time elected by the people in 1998. He has been one of the most active Sheriffs in Edgecombe County bridging the gap between all races. He has been doing a great job over the years but there has been some folks who just can not get over him being a black man. They do not take in consideration his accomplishments and fairness that he has provided over the years. Sheriff Knight’s salary in my opinion should be reviewed but the County Commissioners would probably argue that they can’t afford to pay him anymore. I was there during the appointment and has been there during all of his elections. Congratulations on your victory and I know you will continue to do great things because I follow you faithfully.

Wilson County Sheriff race James Gardner challenged Sheriff Calvin Woodard. That race turned out just like I thought it would. Sheriff Woodard is the first black Sheriff of Wilson County and has been in office since 2010 when he defeated former Sheriff Wayne Gay during a nasty election. It appears that Woodard has been doing a good job inspite of some folks have been trying to paint a negative picture of him since he has been in office because some just refuse to accept that Sheriff Woodard is a black man. He is one of the highest paid Sheriffs across the state but he had nothing to do with his salary and it is up to the County Commissioners to change that but some folks want Sheriff Woodard to reduce his own salary. Well they didn’t have a problem with the salary when Sheriff Gay was in office. I followed Sheriff’s Woodard election in 2010 faithfully and attended several events. I have been following Sheriff Woodard for the past 4 years however I didn’t attend anything during this election. Congratulations on your victory and keep up the good work.

Nash County Sheriff race Stanley Griffin and Keith Stone was quite interesting. Griffin was trying to become the 1st black Sheriff of Nash County. Knowing the makeup and the mentality of Nash County electing a black Sheriff was going to be tough. I felt Stone would be elected. I have been knowing Stone for years dating back to when he used to live in Edgecombe County during the time he was a Highway Patrol. I met Griffin about 2 years ago when we were both guests on a local radio station. I learned then that he was a former Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputy and that he is a former Rocky Mount Police. Congratulations Keith Stone on your victory and we will see what you will do to help move Nash County Sheriff Department forward during the next 4 years.