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First Black Female Sheriff in North Carolina is Named Marshal of the Thirty-third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade 

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Elizabethtown – According to Arthur A. Bullock, Chairman of the parade, Sheriff Paula S. Dance of Pitt County, NC is the Parade Marshal for the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Parade scheduled for January 17th, in Elizabethtown, NC. Sheriff Dance was the first black female sheriff elected in North Carolina. Listed is her welcome statement and her direct words are, “If you are a citizen of Pitt County, a visitor, or just passing through, I am proud to serve you and will do so honorably to the best of my ability.”

WELCOME FROM SHERIFF PAULA S. DANCE – “I have spent my entire adult life serving my community.  I learned about the law, about right and wrong, about the challenges faced by so many that go unnoticed by the world.  I learned about myself, who I was, and who I wanted to be.  More importantly, I learned about our citizens, who they are, what struggles they face, and how I can best serve each and every person in both the short term and the long term.

I am humbled and so honored that the citizens of Pitt County heard my vision as I campaigned and showed their trust in me by casting their vote in 2018.  Not everyone supported me and that is to be expected in any democratic election.  But, regardless of who you are or whether you supported my candidacy or my opponents, please hear and understand this.  If you are a citizen of Pitt County, a visitor, or just passing through, I am proud to serve you and will do so honorably to the best of my ability.  I expect the same from every deputy and every staff member under my direction.  Every citizen deserves full and fair support from their local sheriff’s office, and I will not fail you in that regard.

I hope you find our website useful. We are always open and interested in your thoughts and needs.  Reach out to us and let your voice be heard.  I have a vision for how to best serve our citizens’ needs, but I remain open-minded and dedicated to hearing your thoughts so we can continue to evolve over time.  Thank you for your support.”

In your service,

Sheriff Paula S. Dance

The parade lineup starts at 9:00 a.m. at 805 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown Municipal Building); the parade begins at 11:00 a.m.