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.