Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes named Capt. Brian Stallings as deputy police chief effective December 26, 2020.
Stallings, a native of Richfield, N.C., began his law enforcement career in the Salisbury Police Department (SPD) in 1996 as a patrol officer. Over the course of his tenure he has also served as a victim’s advocate, an investigator, police sergeant overseeing general investigations, and as a lieutenant directing the criminal investigations division.
In 2014, Stallings was promoted to captain. He has managed the department’s administrative division which included internal affairs, hiring and recruitment, records management, and CALEA accreditation, and currently manages the department's patrol bureau which encompasses the first responder, traffic, and K9 officers. He also served as interim police chief for several months following the retirement of the former police chief.
“I have found that Capt. Stallings demonstrates strong leadership while serving the citizens of Salisbury with a caring spirt and thoughtfulness for the community,” said Chief Stokes. “I am confident we can rely on Capt. Stallings to carry on our community outreach and crime reduction strategies that have proven so beneficial for Salisbury over the past few years. I look forward to him continuing to lead with the skills he has demonstrated that will make his an excellent deputy police chief.”
Salisbury Police received more than 20 applications for the deputy police chief position. Of those 20 applicants, seven made it to the final round of consideration. Members of the community and the Chief’s Advisory Board served as panel members during the interview process.
Stallings double-majored in criminal justice and sociology at Pfeiffer University. He also holds a MBA from the same institution. In addition to his educational accomplishments, he has an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Commission, and was previously named the SPD’s “Veteran Officer of the Year.”