There’s a new a lawman in an Onslow County barrier island town.

The Town of North Topsail welcomed William Younginer as its new police chief filling the vacancy created when former Chief Casey J. Fillinger gave notice on Jan. 8, 2018. Fillinger left the NTB post to pursue a position with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation.

Lt. Robert Padgett became the interim police chief while a search for a full-time, top-cop commenced.

“We are very excited and fortunate to have Mr. Younginer as our new police chief,” said Interim Town Manager Steve Foster.

Foster said Younginer brings with him nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience including stints as an officer in Hampton Roads, Virginia, then later as the chief at Carolina Beach and Holly Hills.

More recently, the 62-year-old retired Air Force veteran was serving as the human resource detective in charge of recruitment with the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office. Since 2012, Younginer has been a sworn auxiliary reserve officer for NTB.

‘I’ve always loved North Topsail Beach and the atmosphere here in town. When Casey Fillinger was chief, I would do ride-a-longs with him and we’d pick each other’s brains,” Younginer said. Younginer will lead a police force with 12 officers.

Foster said Younginer’s annual salary is $78,500, plus benefits. Younginer’s first day as chief was March 1.

Younginer is the first of two new faces colleagues and NTB citizens will see around town hall.

On March 12, Laura Oxley is slated to begin her first day as town clerk, a vacancy created when Carin Faulkner gave notice on Jan. 17, to take the position as town manager in neighboring Holly Ridge.

Foster said Oxley comes well prepared for the responsibilities of the office.

“Laura and her husband who is a Navy dentist live in Sneads Ferry. Ms. Oxley is a Tennessee native who has a law degree from the University of Kentucky specializing in employment law,” Foster said. “With her and Chief Younginer, we’ve got two really good employees.”

Oxley’s annual salary is $54,000, plus benefits, according to Foster.


Reporter Mike McHugh can be reached at 910-219-8455 or email