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KENLY — Tyler Hayes brings many years in law enforcement to his new job as a police officer for the town of Kenly.
Hayes, 31, joined the force in Kenly and began work in January after previously serving with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to that, he was also employed by the Smithfield Police Department and N.C. State University Police Department. He was also a member of Wilson County EMS for four years.
Hayes is originally from Wilson, where he graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School.
With Hayes’ addition, Kenly now has eight full-time police officers and five part-time officers, according to Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson.
“Tyler Hayes is a wonderful addition and we look forward to having him on board,” said Gibson. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has hit the ground running.”
Hayes said his hobbies include playing bluegrass music along with hunting and fishing.
He said he is looking forward to working in Kenly.
“I have always wanted to help people,” said Hayes. “My driving motivation is that I like to advocate for people who cannot advocate for themselves.”