Chief Anthony Puckett began his law enforcement career with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office in February 1995 where he was a Patrol Deputy and Canine Handler. He has since worked as a Police Corporal and a Canine Handler with the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Police Department. He was also employed as a Police Sergeant with the Wake Forest North Carolina Police Department where he was tasked with supervising patrol as well as a canine handler, trainer, and supervisor. Chief Puckett has extensive training in supervision, police canine, SWAT, traffic, and patrol. He is a General Instructor with NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards and is an adjunct professor with Nash Community College.
Chief Puckett began his tenure with the Town of Nashville on June 18, 2019 with a vision for proactive community policing and organizational unity. Previously, he served as the Chief of Police for the Town of Spring Hope.
Chief Puckett is a member of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. He serves on various association committees, including the North Carolina Police Dog Association. He is a member of the North Carolina FBI National Academy Associates. He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association and North Carolina Police Executives Association.
Chief Puckett is the recipient of the North Carolina Department of Justice's Advanced Law Enforcement professional certificate.
He is a graduate of the 270th Session FBI National Academy executive leadership training program. The FBINA is a professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders. It serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Less than 1% of law enforcement executives in the world are nominated to attend the prestigious program. He earned 17 Undergraduate credits through the University of Virginia, graduating the 11-week residency program with a 4.0 GPA.
Chief Puckett brings a wealth of experience to the Town of Nashville and is committed to community involvement. Under his leadership the police department plans to improve technology resources, provide career development training for staff, and continue to be actively engaged in the community.
Chief Puckett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from NC Wesleyan College graduating Summa Cum Laude. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri graduating Magna Cum Laude. He served as an ordained deacon at Mount Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville (NC). He has been married for 27 years to his wife Deborah. They are the proud parents of one daughter (Samantha) who is 15 years old. They continue to be members of Mount Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church.