PD Chief of city at center of storm is former local police chief

Wilmington, N.C. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous provided a briefing on the approaching hurricane on Thursday September 13. (City of Wilmington Police Dept. photo)

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The chief of police in Wilmington, N.C., the city that’s at the center of Hurricane Florence, served as the chief of a Central Texas department for nearly a decade.

Ralph Evangelous has been chief of the Wilmington Police Department for more than a decade and on Thursday he was preparing for an already powerful storm that was strengthening and growing.

Forecasters say the city, which has already had a wet year, could get eight months of rain in a matter of a few days.

Evangelous served as Temple’s police chief from 1995 to 2004 before moving to Wilmington.

In Wilmington, a port city of just more than 119,000 residents, Evangelous commands a force of more than 300.

He started his career in Southborough, Mass.

He has also worked as an investigator with the Orange County, Calif., district attorney's office, and as a police detective in Oceanside, Calif.

He served eight years on the Los Angeles Police Department where he was a bodyguard and aide to the department’s chief, Daryl Gates.

When he accepted the chief’s job in Temple, he was working as chief of police in Gardner, Mass.