Wayne County has a new State Highway Patrol first sergeant.
He is 46-year-old Doug Bowens, 19 year veteran with the patrol.
First Sergeant Bowens was transferred here from Granville County. He replaces First Ser-geant John Bobbitt, who was transferred to Fayetteville.
Sergeant Bowens is married, father of a son, and a native of Mississippi.
He is currently in the process of relocating.
Wayne County has 15 troop-ers assigned to the district.
Sergeant Bowens said in his spare time he enjoys working with radio controlled aircraft.
He urges motorists to ob-serve safety, be alert, and aware of what is going on around you.
It is a message to motorists not just in Wayne County, but everywhere.
He said he strives to live by the Golden Rule and treat peo-ple and he would like to be treated.
Sergeant Bowens said he looks forward to his tenure in Wayne County.