Sgt. Pate joined the GPD in 2011 and has served with Patrol and as a PTO, Detective, and SWAT and Honor Guard member. Sgt. Pate received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University. He holds NC’s Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He has served in the Air Force and currently serves in the North Carolina Air National Guard.
Newly sworn-in officers are:
Brendan Counts – Hired on May 4, Officer Counts comes to the GPD from the Appalachian State University Police Department where he had two years of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University.
Zachary Duncan – Hired Jan. 6, Officer Duncan has an associate’s degree from Gaston College. He also completed the BLET Program at Gaston in June.
Kevin Garita – Hired Feb. 24, Officer Garita came to the GPD with experience from the Lincolnton Police Department and in public safety with CaroMont Regional Medical Center. He is active in the NC National Guard.
Devin Hasenauer – Hired Aug. 24, Officer Hasenauer came to the GPD from Reading (PA) Police Department where he had three years of service.
Joel Kulish – Hired July 6, Officer Kulish came to the GPD from Roanoke Police Department where he served eight years. He also has over 10 years of military police experience, and is active Army Reserve.
John Riddell – Hired Nov. 2, Officer Riddell has an associate’s degree from Central Piedmont Community College. John completed the BLET program at Southern Piedmont Community College in May 2020.
Landon Tucker – Hired Dec. 16, 2019, Officer Tucker has a bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey and completed the BLET program at Gaston College in June of this year.
Judith “Nikki” Warlick – Hired May 13, 2019, Officer Warlick came to the GPD from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. She served with the sheriff’s office for five years and the Shelby Police Department for five years. She holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Gaston College and completed the BLET program at Cleveland Community College
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