Sheriff Ennis Wright has served as a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy sheriff, chief deputy, and Sheriff for a total of more than twenty years. He worked his way up from his initial position as a road patrol deputy, through the ranks, to the command staff, ultimately to chief deputy, and on January 3, 2017, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint him as Sheriff.
Sheriff Wright is a native of Fayetteville, NC. Ennis Wright was born in Cumberland County, and raised on Simmons Street in inner city Fayetteville. Prior to graduating from Terry Sanford High School, he was an outstanding basketball player and named the Most Valuable Player in the Class of 1978. Wright earned a basketball scholarship to Caldwell Community College in Lenoir, North Carolina, where he attended and played basketball, until he decided to leave college and joined the United States Army.
Sheriff Wright attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where he was selected as Honor Graduate of his class. He graduated from the Systems Mechanic Primary Technical Course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Other assignments included Fort Stewart, Georgia, Germany, and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. His positions or responsibility included Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant and, later, Drill Sergeant. He ended his military career honorably by earning various laudatory comments, accolades, and decorations.
After attending Basic Law Enforcement Training at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina, he began his career at Spring Lake Police Department for three and a half years as a Road Patrol Officer prior to joining the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office as a Road Patrol Deputy.
Sheriff Wright completed the Police Law Institute, received certification from the Department of Justice, State of North Carolina, North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission, the Basic Law Enforcement and Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate, and completed the Southeast Regional Criminal Justice Training in Advanced Police Motorcycle Riding and Tactical Skills.
He transitioned as a member of the Motors Section where he rose to the rank of Senior Sergeant, in charge of the Support Section for the Sheriff’s Office. With Wright’s promotion to Captain, he was assigned as Assistant Operations Commander.
Sheriff Wright was promoted to the rank of Major and assumed command of the Operations Division consisting of the Uniform Patrol, Reserve Deputies, Community Policing, Support, Motors, Sex Offender Registration and Monitoring, K-9, Nuisance Abatement, Training, Hazardous Device Unit, School Resource Officers, Interstate Interdiction and Criminal Enforcement, Criminal Intelligence Unit (Gangs) and the Special Response Team, including the Explosives Detection and Disposition (bomb) Squad, Special Weapons and Tactics team, as well as the Search and Rescue Team.
Upon selection as Chief Deputy, Wright assumed supervision of the entire Sheriff’s Office. Under his command, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has continued to be internationally accredited and to be an exemplary agency, recognized for its achievement and leadership.
Ennis Wright was appointed as Sheriff of Cumberland County on January 3, 2017, and he has served in that position since that time.
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