Coley currently serves as Chief of Police in Sharpsburg, N.C. Prior to that, Coley moved up through the ranks of the North Carolina Highway Patrol during a 20-year career.
Coley is a United States Army Veteran, has a degree in criminal justice from Gardner-Webb and a master's degree in education and criminal justice from North Carolina State University.
City Manager Randy Hemann, who chose Coley following an extensive search process, commented, "I am very pleased to have Chief Coley join our team serving the people of Oxford. Chief Coley was at the top of the class in our Assessment Center. Even more importantly, as I walked the streets where he currently serves as Chief, I found out that his performance in the field, and his character, matches what we experienced in the assessment center."
The City received more than 60 applications for the Chief's position. Thirteen candidates were pre-screened for the job, and the list was narrowed to five finalists. The five finalists participated in an Assessment Center on Aug. 2. The all-day Assessment Center included exercises that challenged the candidates in several dimensions.
Chief Coley is married to Stacey Carter-Coley, who serves as Vice President of Employee and Public Relations at Vance-Granville Community College. They have four children.