Retired North Myrtle chief to lead Nags Head police force

By on February 6, 2019

Phil Webster will replace retired Chief Kevin Brinkley.

The Town of Nags Head has hired Phil Webster to be its police chief following the recent retirement of Chief Kevin Brinkley.

In June 2017, Webster retired as North Myrtle Beach’s police chief, where he managed 116 employees.

“I believe Phil will be a terrific fit for Nags Head’s Police Department,” Nags Head Town Manger Cliff Ogburn said. “His enthusiasm and dedication to helping people, as well as mentoring officers, is one of the attributes that impressed me during our meetings.”

Webster spent his entire 25-year career with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, with the last three and a half as its chief. He holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.

Webster is also a Marine Corps veteran.

“We already have an efficient and effective police force,” said Town Manger Ogburn. “My decision to bring someone in from the outside does not mean we need to correct anything in the department. Rather, I feel this is an opportunity to bring in a new perspective that can help us continue to grow and improve as an agency and as a town.”

Webster’s resume boasts implementation of multiple strategies and processes to bolster community relations and increase departmental transparency. He also brought various employee training programs to the North Myrtle Beach department, including sessions focusing on fair and impartial policing.

“Phil’s commitment to innovative policing strategies, such as focusing on community policing, and the work he’s done to implement those strategies in North Myrtle Beach, made him the best candidate,” Ogburn said. “In addition, his ability to mentor and develop staff, with an emphasis on education and training, will be an excellent asset to our staff, and ultimately, our community.

“I am excited and honored for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Nags Head as a law enforcement officer and police chief,” Webster said. “I have met the men and women of the Nags Head Police Department and Town staff and am impressed with their professionalism and friendliness.

“I look forward to forming new relationships and to becoming a part of the community.”

Webster takes over from Deputy Police Chief Perry Hale, who has been serving as interim chief following Brinkley’s retirement in August 2018.

The public is encouraged to come out and meet Webster on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Waveriders Coffee and Deli at 3022 South Croatan Highway.

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What is the incentive for any person in the Towns or County to stay with the agency if every time a top position becomes available, they give to someone from out of the area?


Soooooo….. why didn’t they promote from within? No current officers have a good “perspective that can help us continue to grow and improve as an agency and as a town.”?

Congrats Phil!! Best of luck in Nags Head. I’m sure you’ll do a fantastic job. That was one brief retirement!! Haha
Best of Luck


Just looking at his track record it looks like he will be a leader and someone the force can look to. He was a good selection as we did not need someone from a big city just looking to semi-retire at the beach. Coming from a resort area he will be more in tune with the crimes that happen here. Most are inconsequential though DWU/DUI’s and drugs (and the thugs who traffic them) continue to be an issue. I never fault the police on the DWU/DUI’s issues as they are doing all they can. The judicial system is to blame… Read more »

Local Yokel

Great! A new Chief. Maybe he will be able to get NHPD officers out of the constant following and petty traffic stops routine they have practiced forever and into more patrolling of the local neighborhoods west of the bypass and the off season no mans land of South Nags Head. Would also be nice to see them out of their vehicles for other than meal breaks.