Dail named first sergeant for Highway Patrol

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Steven H. Dail has been promoted to first sergeant at the N.C. Highway Patrol. The promotion for the eastern North Carolina law enforcement veteran will put him in charge of Troop C, District 5, which covers Wilson and Greene counties.

Dail, who has worked as a trooper for 15 years in various eastern North Carolina counties over the years, got his start in law enforcement career at the Wilson Police Department after he left the military in 1999.

“It means a lot,” Dail said about his recent promotion. “I got my start in law enforcement with the Wilson Police Department. It’s nice to stay in Wilson. It comes full-circle.”

Dail has worked for Troop C here since February 2016. Dail has been acting sergeant for Wilson and Greene counties since June after longtime 1st Sgt. Wayne B. Finch III retired from the post last year.

Dail received his new rank during a Feb. 25 promotion ceremony along with 55 other troopers and 11 civilian Highway Patrol employees at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary.

Troop C has 14 patrol troopers and two line sergeants, including Sgts. Bennie Pulliam and Barry Burnette. Burnette, who was promoted to line sergeant during the Feb. 25 ceremony, is new to Wilson County. He previously worked as a trooper in Cabarrus County.

Dail said the Highway Patrol office will be focusing on multiple goals including reducing motor vehicle collisions and associated injuries. He also said because of his connection to Wilson County, he looks forward to continue working collaboratively with other agencies, including the Wilson Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I already have a really good relationship with the departments,” he said.