Police administration is comprised of a chief of police and two assistant chiefs. The chief of police is the chief executive officer for the agency. The assistant chief of operations commands the Operations Bureau, including all uniformed services. The assistant chief of support commands the Support Bureau, which includes Professional Standards and Internal Affairs. There are other support members within administration, the administrative assistant performs support and logistic functions to the chief of police and other administrative staff; a captain in the Professional Standards Division oversees the budget process. Please feel free to use the e-mail addresses below to contact any member of administration. 
BPD Chief and Assistant Chiefs

Pictured left to right: Assistant Chief Nick Wright, Chief Alan Balog, and Assistant Chief Chris Smith

Meet Our Chiefs:

Chief Alan Balog

Chief of Police, Alan Balog, is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement and became the Chief in June 2023. A City of Burlington native, he has previously served in supervisory roles within BPD, including, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Professional Standards Divisions of the department, and was the Assistant Chief over the Operations Bureau. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University. Chief Balog is a graduate of the 74th Session of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the 445th Session of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Currently, outside of the department, he serves on the Board of Family Abuse Services of Alamance County, Alamance County Meals on Wheels, and is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum. He was the 2019 North Carolina Police Executive of the Year.

Chief Balog remains focused on the implementation of evidence-based policing to improve public safety and community trust in the Burlington Police Department, particularly through the prevention of violent crime and drug overdoses. 

Chief Balog is dedicated to full transparency, internal and external accountability, and community relationships.

Assistant Chief Chris Smith

Support Bureau

Assistant Chief Chris Smith has 27 years of experience with the Burlington Police Department. He has previously served in supervisory roles in Patrol, Criminal Investigations (Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team), Community Relations, and K9 as he moved through the ranks from Sergeant to Captain. Smith was a co-developer of the county-wide Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team (ANET) that is made up of officers from agencies across the county that work collaboratively to address narcotics enforcement. 

Assistant Chief Smith received a degree in Criminal Justice from Alamance Community College and graduated from NC State Administrative Officers Management Program's 86th session. He is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program from Methodist University.

Assistant Chief Nick Wright

Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Nick Wright has 15 years of experience with the Burlington Police Department. He has previously served in supervisory roles in Patrol and Criminal Investigations. In addition to serving as a Motor Officer, Assistant Chief Wright is a Specialized Driving Instructor, and spent 12 years on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, most recently leading the team as Commander.

Assistant Chief Wright received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated from NC State Administrative Officers Management Program's 94th session. In our community, he serves as a board member for Ralph Scott Life Services. 

Administrative Staff

Title Name Phone
Chief of Police Alan Balog (336) 229-3540
Assistant Chief (Support Bureau) Chris Smith (336) 536-6166
Assistant Chief (Operations Bureau) Nick Wright (336) 229-3181
Policy and Personnel Specialist
Accreditation Manager
Kim Biebel (336) 229-3545
Public Information Officer Emily-Lynn Adkins (336) 229-3107
Executive Assistant Carmita Guaman (336) 229-3540