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Gant named police chief in Spring Hope

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Spring Hope has named Sgt. Nathan D. Gant its next police chief, promoting a veteran lawman with two decades of experience to lead the agency where he’s worked since 2015.

Gant’s tenure as the Spring Hope Police Department’s leader began June 19. He succeeds Chief Anthony Puckett, who was hired as Nashville’s new police chief.

“Being chosen as the new chief of police for Spring Hope is the high point of my career,” Gant said. “I am humbled by the confidence the town leadership has placed in me. I plan to provide a safe environment for all residents and visitors by leading this agency based on trust and transparency.”

Gant has earned an advanced law enforcement certificate from the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission and has been a law enforcement cadet firearms training instructor at Nash Community College since 2010.

“Gant’s experience and leadership were just what we were looking for in our next chief,” said Spring Hope Town Manager Jae Kim. “We are excited for him to continue to lead by example and represent the town of Spring Hope with the pride and professionalism that he exemplifies.”

A second-generation police officer, Gant was born in Shelby and his family relocated to Wilson during his childhood. He’s the son of Dale Gant, a retired Zebulon police sergeant, and Helen Gant, a retired Wilson County schoolteacher.

Nathan Gant and his wife Jessica have two children, 14-year-old Tyson and 8-year-old Molly.

Gant completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Pitt Community College in 1999. His first law enforcement job was with the Middlesex Police Department, where he was promoted to first sergeant and assistant chief before being appointed interim chief of police.

In 2002, Gant joined the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, where he rose through the ranks to investigator. He investigated major felony crimes including narcotics-related offenses.

After spending five years with the sheriff’s office, Gant accepted a position within the Knightdale Police Department. While employed in Knightdale, he rose to the rank of master officer. In 2015, Gant was offered a position with the Spring Hope Police Department as a sergeant, where he has served under Chief Puckett.

In addition to being trained and certified in many areas of law enforcement, he is also a Level I and Level II certified firefighter as well as in Level I hazardous materials through the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission.

Now under Gant’s leadership, the Spring Hope Police Department has seven full-time officers, several part-time and reserve officers and one K-9.

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