COMMUNITY NEWS

Concord Police Department announces senior level promotions
Friday, January 8, 2016

CONCORD – Police Chief Gary Gacek has announced the promotions of two experienced officers to senior positions. Effective January 18, Betty Stocks will be promoted to Deputy Chief of Police, and Keith Eury will be promoted to the rank of Major.

"Captains Stocks and Eury participated in a comprehensive executive level assessment and emerged as clear choices for the rank of Deputy Chief and Major," said Gacek. "They have demonstrated a genuine commitment to the City of Concord, the Concord Police Department, and to the future of both. They are very eager to assist in leading this department and making positive changes that will improve our service to the community."

Stocks began her career with the Concord Police Department in 1990. She is a Concord native and a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her decision to become a police officer was driven by the impact of drugs and violence in the community. She lived in public housing at the time and wanted to get involved to make a difference.

Captain Stocks started her career as a patrol officer, and assisted with undercover vice and narcotics operations. In 1993, she was assigned to work in the Sidestown-Shankletown Community as part of the newly formed COP (Community-Oriented Police) Unit. Later in 1995, her interest in working with youth led her to become a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer and a School Resource Officer. She remained in that assignment until 1999, when she was assigned as the Crime Prevention Specialist.

Following her promotion to the rank of sergeant in 2001, Stocks was assigned to the Patrol Division and worked in Baker District. She became the supervisor of the Community Services Unit in 2005. In this capacity she supervised the center city officer and school resource officers, worked with many organizations such as neighborhood watch and community service agencies, taught crime prevention, and managed the department's problem-solving projects. She most recently served as a Police Planner in the Chief's Office, after attaining the rank of Captain in 2008.

Captain Stocks' education and training consists of an associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, a bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice from Barber-Scotia College in 1999, and a master of public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2005. She also holds an advanced law enforcement certificate and a general instructor certificate from the State of North Carolina.

Captain Stocks has served the community in many ways over the course of her career and has received multiple awards for her service. Currently, she is a staff liaison in the City's Partnership for Stronger  Neighborhoods program, a member of the Logan Community advisory board, serves on the board of directors for Habitat Cabarrus, a member of the United Way citizens review committee, and chairperson of the Concord-Cabarrus MLK planning committee. She is a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

“I am humbled and excited to serve as Deputy Chief under the leadership of Chief Gacek. It is an excellent opportunity to continue my service to the citizens of Concord. I look forward to positive and progressive change that will prove beneficial to the people we serve, in the community and in the department.”

Also a Concord native, Keith Eury began his career in law enforcement in 1997. While attending college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, he completed an internship with the Concord Police Department. Shortly before graduation, he received a college scholarship from the NC Police Corps program and the Concord Police Department agreed to sponsor him. He was one of four people in the State of North Carolina chosen for this scholarship. After college graduation, he was hired at the department and attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at the NC Justice Academy in Salemburg, North Carolina.

After completion of BLET, Captain Eury was assigned to the patrol division where he served for nine years. In 2006, Eury transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. Eury was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and remained in the Criminal Investigations Division until he was promoted to captain in 2010. He most recently served as the Baker District commander. Captain Eury also served on the department's SWAT team from its inception in 2002 until 2010. In 2012, he was assigned back to the unit as the Commander of the team, where he served until April of 2015.

Captain Eury's formal education consists of a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also possesses a master of business administration degree from Pfeiffer University and a graduate certificate in public administration from Clemson University. He currently holds an advanced law enforcement certificate and a general instructor certificate from the State of North Carolina.

"I am honored and excited to assume the role of Police Major at the Concord Police Department," said Eury. "I have spent many years preparing myself for this leadership role. I look forward to working with Chief Gacek, newly promoted Deputy Chief Stocks, all members of the command and administrative staff, and all the officers to continue leading this department in a time of transition. Together we will ensure that officers are prepared and capable to handle the unique challenges facing law enforcement today. I look forward to continuing my work in the community, using the personal relationships I have built over the last 18 years, to deliver excellent service to the individuals who work, live, and visit in Concord."

Captain Eury lives in Concord with his wife. In his off time, he enjoys attending sporting events and traveling.

The police department is planning a promotional ceremony for Stocks and Eury on Friday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m. The event will be held in Concord Police Headquarters located at 41 Cabarrus Avenue W and the public is invited to attend.