Chief Deputy Wright


Chief Deputy 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.

Ennis 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 and responsibilities included Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant and he accomplished the title as Drill Sergeant.  He ended his military career honorably by earning various laudatory comments, accolades, and decorations. 

Chief Deputy Ennis Wright is serving his 20th year as a 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.

Ennis 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.

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 Wright's promotion to Captain, he was assigned as Deputy Patrol Commander and assisted in running the Operations Division.

Chief Deputy Ennis Wright was promoted to the rank of Major where he was in charge of the Operations Division that consist of the Uniform Patrol, F Platoon (Reserves), Community Policing, Support, Motors, Sex Offender Registration, K-9, Nuisance Abatement, Training, Hazardous Device Unit, School Resource Officers, Interstate Criminal Enforcement, and Criminal Intelligence Unit (Gangs).

Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler naming him as the new Chief Deputy of Cumberland County Sheriff's Office honors Ennis Wright.  As second in command, he will lead by example.