Wayne Woodard named interim director of NC Private Protective Services


Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks has named Wayne Woodard to be interim director of Private Protective Services. Woodard, a former director of both the Criminal Justice Standards Commission and Private Protective Services, assumed his new duties June 5.

Private Protective Services is the agency within the Department of Public Safety that supports the Private Protective Services and Alarms Systems Licensing Boards. The Boards are charged with administering the licensing, education and training requirements of the persons, firms, associations and corporations engaged in private protective services and alarms systems professions within North Carolina.

“Mr. Woodard has a wealth of experience with licensing boards and specifically with Private Protective Services,” said DPS Deputy Secretary Pam Cashwell. “We are pleased and excited to have someone with Mr. Woodard’s experience on our team to provide interim leadership for PPS as we complete a thorough search for a new permanent director and assistant director.”

After serving in the military, Woodard joined the High Point Police Department and worked in a variety of positions for more than nine years. Starting in 1983, he was employed with the NC Department of Justice, serving first as a criminal justice training coordinator at the Justice Academy in Salemburg, where he was the director of the Basic Law Enforcement Training program and the curriculum development coordinator for the state-mandated course. Woodard later served as an associate director at the Criminal Justice Standards Division in Raleigh. In that role, he was responsible for all training mandated by the Commission, which included certification of training schools, courses, instructors and all radar operators in the state.

Woodard then served as executive director for the Auctioneer Licensing Board for nine years. He returned to NC DOJ as director of Private Protective Services. Woodard left PPS when he was appointed to serve as director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division, and in that role served as director of the Criminal Justice Standards Commission. Woodard is now retired, but has returned to state government several times to support various state agencies on an interim basis. Most recently, he served as interim director of the Auctioneer Licensing Board for six months and managed their process to hire a new director.

Woodard received a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice from Guilford College.