Justice Paul Newby
NC Supreme Court
Billy Bob Thornton
NC Lt. Governor
Justice Barbara Jackson
NC Supreme Court
Michael Jai White
Barry Foote (NYY)
Lt. Governor Dan Forest (NC)
Trot Nixon (Red Sox)
Warren Kennedy, Jr.
Warren, a graduate of East Duplin High School, is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. He holds an AAS degree in Criminal Justice Technology from James Sprunt Community College, a BIS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and is a graduate of the prestigious IACP Leadership in Police Organizations program. He served as a full-time sworn law enforcement officer in eastern North Carolina from 1986-2016; serving 17 of those years as a supervisor. He has been a certified law enforcement instructor since 1991, with specialty instructor certifications in Explosives & Haz-Mat; Rapid Deployment; Response to WMD Incidents; State & Local Anti-Terrorism; and CPR/AED. His instructor certifications are from the NC Criminal Justice Standards Division; NC Sheriffs' Education & Training Standards; and ALICE Training Institute.
Warren was awarded a Medal of Valor in 1996 for risking his own life to save the life of another and has been recognized as Officer of Year by the Fraternal Order of Police (NC Lodge 58) and Wilmington (NC) Jaycees. He was inducted into the Order of the Cape Fear by the CFCC Foundation in 2008 for his establishment of the Clint B. Robertson Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Upon his retirement from active duty law enforcement in 2016, he was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
In September 2012, Warren was assigned to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (NC) and, in both January 2013 & January 2017, he was assigned to the 57th & 58th Presidential Inaugurations in Washington, DC; all of these National Special Security Events required working with numerous Federal agencies as well as State and Local law enforcement agencies from around the United States, while the latter two required deputation as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. Additionally, he served as Vice Chairman of the Seventh Congressional District (NC) Homeland Security Advisory Committee to former Congressman Mike McIntyre from 2010-2014 and also served on the Congressman's law enforcement advisory committee. Currently, Warren serves as a member of Congressman David Rouzer's (NC-7) Homeland Security Advisory Committee (2015-Present).
Warren has been married to his wife, Sheila (a Registered Nurse), for 32 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. They attend Scotts Hill Baptist Church where they have served as Sunday School teachers for kindergarten students and Warren has served as a Deacon.
Warren maintains a sworn law enforcement status with the large municipal law enforcement agency from which he retired and serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Cape Fear Community College. He has spoken before large and small audiences throughout North & South Carolina in an energetic style that shows his passion for the topics he presents.
Warren regularly instructs in the area of Report Writing, Active Shooter Response, Patrol Techniques, Explosives & Haz-Mat, First-Line Supervision, Human Trafficking, and Crime Scene Preservation. His audiences include law enforcement officials, security officers, military personnel, and private citizens as his topics and delivery resonates across all social, racial, economic and professional backgrounds.
In his spare time, Warren enjoys spending time with friends and discussing current events. His desire to 'get involved' and assist others stems from his rural upbringing where he was taught to work hard but never forget what it was like to have little.
U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Chief Justice Mark Martin
NC Supreme Court