Regner named Maggie police CaptainMeet Maggie’s new police captain: Brennan Regner
In one of his first actions as Maggie Valley’s recently appointed Police Chief Russ Gilliland has appointed Lt. Det. Brennan Regner to take the place he vacated as captain.
Regner came to the Maggie Valley Police Department a year and a half ago with over 10 years experience in law enforcement, including time with the State Bureau of Investigations.
He and his wife Lindsay Regner, the public information officer for the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, moved to the region from the Wilmington area to be closer to family in Kentucky.
“It was an exciting time in our life. Between moving out here in stages and planning our wedding, there was a lot going on. To find jobs that so perfectly suit us both, in a community we love, is icing on the cake,” Regner said.
Following his graduation from Catawba University, Regner attended basic law enforcement training and took his first law enforcement job with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office on Hatteras Island.
He then transferred to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office where he worked as a detective, investigating cases such as property crimes, sexual assaults, homicides, internet crimes against children and financial crimes.
Before bringing his investigative skills to Maggie Valley, Regner spent nearly two years as a special agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.
Regner credits the many incredible officers he has worked with and considered mentors over the years with helping him become the officer he is today.
“I wouldn’t be here today without the people who’ve helped me learn and grow along the way,” he said. “I am humbled by all the experience and wisdom they have shared with me.”
When Regner started as detective in Maggie Valley, he arrived at a time when the department was undergoing several changes to become better organized and more efficient.
In his new role, he was able to assist with obtaining new in-car cameras for the fleet as well as working to improve the chain of evidence procedures for the department, in addition to his duties as detective.
Last year, Regner was promoted to lieutenant under the former Chief Scott Sutton.
Regner said he looks forward to continuing his administrative role as captain. His first goals are to work to provide advanced training opportunities for officers and to bolster the community policing strategies which are already in place by continuing to encourage staff to be a more visible presence while on patrol and at community events.
Meanwhile he will continue to manage his active caseload as detective, while handling his new administrative duties as well.
“I want to be a working captain. I don’t want to just sit behind the desk. I plan to be an active leader and hopefully mentor to our officers,” he said. “It’s important to me to give back the encouragement, support and leadership that was so vital to my own career.”
Since arriving in Maggie, Regner said he and his wife have been graciously welcomed, both personally and professionally.
“We’re looking forward to this next step, with the support of the community,” he said.
“At every agency I’ve been with, I’ve felt fortunate to have interacted well with the community and that hasn’t changed here. Maggie Valley is a great fit for us and we’re here for the long haul.”
Regner said he has built great relationships in Maggie and believes those will only deepen with time.
“I’m still learning and listening, and I intend to keep an open door and an open mind in this new role as well.”