WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced legislation to name the U.S. Post Office in Rich Square the “Chief Joseph E. White, Jr. Post Office Building.” In 2000, Chief White, a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a twenty-year law enforcement veteran in Northampton County, was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop.
“Chief Joseph White, Jr. was a patriot, community leader, and a local hero,” Butterfield said. “He personified love, decency and selflessness throughout his 40 year career as a public servant. His service to our nation and to Northampton County should always be remembered and should not be taken lightly. We can pay our tribute to his life and legacy by renaming the Rich Square Post Office in his honor.”
Born and raised in Ahoskie, Chief White joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18 and served for 20 years before retiring. After his naval career, Chief White entered law enforcement where he served as Northampton County deputy sheriff, a corrections officer, and as Chief of Police for both the Woodland and Rich Square Police Departments.
Throughout his life, Chief White was heavily involved in his community and family. He was a Deacon and Sunday school teacher, as well as a volunteer firefighter for the Woodland Fire Department.
On July 16, 2000, while serving as Chief of Police for the Rich Square Police Department, Chief White was shot and killed five months before his retirement after he stopped a vehicle during an investigation of a possible drive-off at a local gas station.
The bill, H.R. 5142, is cosponsored by Representatives Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Walter Jones (NC-03), David Price (NC-04), Howard Coble (NC-06), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), and Mark Meadows (NC-11).
The post office facility is located at 113 West Jackson Street, Rich Square, N.C.