About Sheriff Ennis Wright
Sheriff Ennis Wright is a native of Fayetteville, NC born and raised in Cumberland County on a dirt road called Simmons Street. 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. He decided to take a sabbatical and joined the United States Army.
Sheriff Wright attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky as a track and wheel mechanic and awarded 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 accomplished the title as Drill Sergeant. He ended his military career honorably by earning various laudatory comments, accolades, and decorations.
Sheriff Wright is serving more than 20 years as a North Carolina certified law enforcement officer. 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 Officer prior to joining the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office as a Road Deputy.
Sheriff Wright completed the Police Law Institute; received certification from the Department of Justice, State of North Carolina, North Carolina Sheriff Training and Standards Commission, the Basic Law Enforcement and Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate; and completed the Southeast Region Criminal Justice Training in Advanced Police Motorcycle Riding and Tactical Skills. Sheriff Wright is also the recipient of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate as well as the North Carolina Advanced Service Award.
Sheriff Wright transitioned as a member of the Motors Section where he rose to the rank of Senior Sergeant, in charge of Motors along with being in charge of the Support Section for the Sheriff's Office. With Sheriff Wright’s promotion to Captain, he was assigned as Assistant Operation Commander and assisted in running the Operation Division.
Sheriff Wright was promoted to the rank of Major where he was in charge of the Operation Division that consist of the Uniform Patrol, F Platoon (Reserves), Community Policing, Support, Motors, Sex Offender, K-9, Nuisance Abatement, Training, Hazardous Device Unit, School Resource Officers, Interstate Criminal Enforcement, Criminal Intelligence Unit (Gangs) and SRT (Special Response 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. As Sheriff of Cumberland County he has continued to move the agency forward in meeting the demands of the citizens of Cumberland County.
In October 2017, Sheriff Wright initiated The Citizens Academy, which is a great asset in connecting and educating the community regarding the services provided by Sheriff Wright’s Office and his team. To this day the academy continues to thrive and connect citizens and law enforcement.
On November 6, 2018, Sheriff Wright was elected as the first African-American Sheriff of Cumberland County. December 7, 2018, Sheriff Wright proudly took his oath of office to serve all the citizens of Cumberland County.
Sheriff Wright is a member of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and is currently serving his 28th year as a law enforcement officer.