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North Carolina Secretary of Public Safety Eddie M. Buffaloe Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Center for Energy Education’s Veterans Day service.

The program, “Salute to our Heroes,” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon November 9 at the center located at 460 Airport Road in Roanoke Rapids.

Buffaloe, a Roanoke Valley native, was appointed last month by Governor Roy Cooper to the post.

Buffaloe most recently served as the director of public safety for the Elizabeth City Department of Public Safety and interim city manager. 

He is also the president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Prior to his current role in Elizabeth City, he served in various law enforcement and public safety capacities across the state including police chief, positions in two North Carolina sheriff’s offices and the North Carolina Department of Correction, and as a law enforcement instructor in the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission. Buffaloe also served in the North Carolina National Guard for 10 years.

Buffaloe holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Mount Olive, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Grand Canyon University and numerous law enforcement and public safety certifications. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty professor in the Criminal Justice departments at North Carolina Wesleyan College and College of the Albemarle.