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. 
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Interim Chief of Police eric kerns

Eric Kerns is serving as the Interim Police Chief for the City of Burlington.  In 2018, he retired with 30 years of exemplary service from the Burlington Police Department and has been a lifelong resident of Burlington. Kerns began his career with the Burlington Police Department June 1, 1989, where he attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Burlington Police Department. During his career he served in Patrol Division and Traffic Division as a Patrolman and Patrolman First Class including Field Training Officer. As Corporal Kerns served as the DARE Officer where he implemented the DARE Middle School Curriculum and the High School DARE Curriculum. He also assisted in the implementation of the Junior Police Academy in 1996 where he also assisted in teaching the classroom curriculum. In 2000, Kerns transferred to Criminal Investigations Juvenile Division and later was promoted to Sergeant investigating Major Adult Crimes. He continued his career in investigations after being promoted to Staff Sergeant over the Juvenile Division and then transferring to overseeing Adult Crimes. In 2005, was promoted to Lieutenant in Administration. As lieutenant he oversaw the budget process and internal affairs investigations. As Captain Kerns was charged with overseeing Criminal Investigation Division and Special Operations then transferring to oversee Patrol Division. In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police over Operations.


As Assistant Chief of Police of Operations, he oversaw Patrol Division, Community Relations Division, Traffic Unit, and Communications. After his retirement from the Burlington Police Department Kerns has remained active in the department and the community.  In addition to assisting with Burlington Police Department on a part-time basis he also serves as a Site-Based Assessment Team Leader for The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).  CALEA is the national accreditation organization for law enforcement agencies across the USA. During his career with the Burlington Police Department Eric received his North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and in 2000 was awarded the Sheriff Ralph Robinson North Carolina DARE Officer of the Year Award.

Assistant Chief Chris Gaddis

Support Bureau

Assistant Chief Chris Gaddis is a 26 year veteran of the Burlington Police Department and currently in command of the Support Bureau. He has previously served in supervisory roles within the Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Community Relations, and Professional Standards Divisions of the department. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University. He is a 2017 graduate of the 270th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy.

Over the last twenty years, he has been instrumental in the development of staff acting as field training officer and instructor in several disciplines. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Alamance Community College and the North Carolina Justice Academy.
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Assistant Chief Brian Long

Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Brian Long is a 26 year veteran of the Burlington Police Department, currently in command of the Operations Bureau. Assistant Chief Long has previously served in supervisory roles within the Criminal Investigation, Patrol, and Professional Standards Divisions of the police department. He holds a Bachelor's of Applied Science from Mt. Olive University in criminal justice and criminology. He graduated from the 258th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations' National Academy in 2014.

While serving in the Criminal Investigations Division of the BPD, he served as a task force officer with both the U.S. Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He has been involved in the development of staff for over nine years in the role of Legal Update Instructor.

administrative staff

Title Name Phone
Interim Chief of Police Eric Kerns (336) 229-3540
Assistant Chief (Support Bureau) Chris Gaddis (336) 229-3543
Assistant Chief (Operations Bureau/ Media Relations) Brian Long (336) 229-3542
Captain (Professional Standards) Bret Currie (336) 229-3544
Policy and Personnel Specialist
Accreditation Manager
Kim Biebel (336) 229-3545
Administrative Assistant Carmita Guaman (336) 229-3546