Ellis Boyle (’05) named Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety

RALEIGH – Secretary Frank L. Perry today announced two key appointments to the Department of Public Safety leadership team. Perry has named Ellis Boyle (’05) as Deputy Secretary and Gregory K. Baker as Commissioner of Law Enforcement, effective immediately.

“These two individuals have proven themselves as dedicated public servants and their experience in criminal justice and law enforcement is exemplary,” Secretary Perry said. “I am confident that they both are the ideal fit for the mission of this agency and its consolidation. They will be great assets in assisting me and all of DPS in continuing to achieve our very high professional standards.”

Boyle has served as General Counsel for DPS for more than seven months. Previously, he served as an Assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Prior to that, he was an associate in the business litigation practice group of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice in Winston-Salem. He also has served as a law clerk for the Honorable Claude Hilton, a U.S. District Court judge in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Born and raised in Edenton, Boyle earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Davidson College. He then served as an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army. He earned his juris doctor at Wake Forest University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.

In addition to his Deputy Secretary role, Boyle will continue to serve as General Counsel for the department. By having Boyle serve as both Deputy Secretary and General Counsel, DPS will save $120,000 in annual salary costs.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to continue to work with the dedicated employees who make up the Department of Public Safety,” Boyle said. “I very much look forward to continuing to serve the Governor, the Secretary and the people of North Carolina in this new role.”

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