by Wesley Brown
Bill Johnson stood before the people of Kinston in City Hall Monday and vowed to uphold the oath he took exactly one year ago today when he became the director of Kinston’s Department of Public Safety.
His voice did not waver.
He calmly stood next to Mayor B.J. Murphy in the city council’s chambers and pledged his career — his life — to the protection of his officers and the protection of Kinston’s residents by arresting and charging anyone who compromises the safety of either.
“That what we swore to this community. That’s what we live by. That’s what I live by,” Johnson said on behalf of the men and women who wear the KDPS uniform day in and day out.