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Commissioners OK Naming Training Center for Former Sheriff

Aug 19, 2019

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved a request from Sheriff Ennis Wright to rename the Sheriff’s Office Training Center for former Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler during their regular meeting Aug. 19. The building will be called the Earl "Moose" Butler Law Enforcement Training Center.

In the meeting agenda packet, Sheriff Wright provided a petition signed by 14 current and former county, court system and state elected officials. Butler served as Cumberland County Sheriff for 22 years from 1994 to 2016. He led the Sheriff’s Office in building the state-of-the-art training center, located next to Animal Control on Corporation Drive. The building has an indoor firing range, munitions room, lecture rooms, a driving training pad and other features. It was built using money forfeited by drug dealers who were arrested and successfully prosecuted.

Rail Study

In other business, the commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement between the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to partner on a passenger rail study. FAMPO is the transportation planning section of the Cumberland County Planning Department and CAMPO is housed by the City of Raleigh.

The passenger rail study will look at the feasibility and needed improvements to support passenger rail between Fayetteville and Raleigh. The two planning organizations are proposing spending $100,000 total on phase I of the plan, with each organization paying $50,000.  A consultant will be procured to carry out the study.

Other Business

  • The commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing an installment financing application to the Local Government Commission. The County desires to refinance approximately $33.7 million in previously issued debt obligations that were for construction, renovation, and capital improvements. The refinancing will create a projected $1.5 million in interest rate savings over six years.  A public hearing has been called for the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 3 at 9 a.m.
  • The board approved hiring an outside legal firm to review Medicaid contracts with the five entities awarded Prepaid Health Plan contracts by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Meeting agendas, minutes and videos are available online at