Forest City welcomes two new officers to town

Aug. 08, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Officers Scott Haynes and John Greenway are the newest additions to the Forest City police force.

Haynes and Greenway were administered the oath of office during a formal swearing in ceremony at the Forest City Town Council meeting Monday evening. Town Clerk Emily Swain gave the oath and the officers were welcomed by Mayor Dennis Tarlton and council members to Forest City.

Haynes is a graduate of R-S Central High School and completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program at Isothermal Community College. He began his police career with the Lake Lure Police Department where he served as a patrol officer from 2008 until his employment with the Forest City Police Department on May 26, 2014.

"I had a friend that was actually in law enforcement and I always had an interest in it," Haynes said. "I enjoy traffic enforcement, helping motorists and going out and meeting people in the community. But sometimes seeing people in different situations or hard times can be challenging."

Haynes is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and is an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He was accompanied by his wife, Stephanie, and Police Chief Jay Jackson at the swearing in ceremony.

"I've been treated really well at the Forest City Police Department and the town has been very supportive," Haynes said.

Greenway is also a graduate of R-S Central High School and Isothermal Community College's BLET program. He began his career in law enforcement with the Forest City Police Department on July 7, 2014.

"My father served as a former police chief in Rutherfordton and now works as a State Bureau of Investigation agent. That sparked my interest and a lot of my family is also in law enforcement — a cousin in Lake Lure, a cousin in Forest City and a cousin in Rutherfordton," Greenway said. "I like being able to be out there and help people and serve the community. There is a lot of fun in it and it's an enjoyable experience, but also scary at times."

Greenway was accompanied by his parents, Randy and Lecia Greenway, and Jackson at Monday's ceremony. Greenway joins Haynes with the Patrol Division.

"I'm on a really great shift right now, we all get along well and have a good time. I couldn't ask for a better group of guys," Greenway said. "I'm very blessed and fortunate to be here in Forest City. I don't plan on doing anything else, my career is in law enforcement."

"With Haynes, it is great that the department has someone that is not only from the area, but also has prior law enforcement experience as well as being active in the Army Reserves," Jackson said. "And with Greenway, it's nice to get a young man who has come from a family who has lived through the law enforcement experience and is carrying it on. I'm glad to have both of these men on the force."