Officer Profiles

River Bend Police Officer Profiles

Police Chief Sean Joll

Chief Joll is a Florida native, but considers North Carolina his home, having graduated from West Craven High School. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State and also is an Eagle Scout. Chief Joll worked for the Rocky Mount Police Department from 2004-2007 and then joined the New Bern Police Department in 2007.  While at the New Bern Police Department, he served as a Field Training Officer, Police Bicycle Officer, Street Level Narcotics Detective and Special Response Team (SWAT) operator and patrol officer. In the summer of 2012, Chief Joll joined the River Bend Police Department.

He is instructor certified as a General Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and Tazer instructor.

He attended courses that cover:

  • Basic Homicide Investigator,
  • Police Law Institute
  • Radar and Intoxilyzer Operator and
  • Holds his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification.
  • Chiefs Award for Excellence
  • Department Meritorious Service Medal
  • Department Award for Excellence
  • Certificate of Commendation
  • Certificate of Merit

Sergeant Johnathan Whitley

Sgt. Johnathan Whitley comes to River Bend from 15 years of Law Enforcement experience with Lenoir County Sheriff's Office in Kinston N.C., and has held such positions as Detention Officer, Bailiff, Courthouse Security, Civil Process Server, Criminal Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Special Response Team Operator, Investigator, School Resource Officer, Sergeant of Patrol, and Detective Sergeant for the Community Crime Reduction Team.

He has also established, participated, planned, hosted, and coordinated community watch programs, educational presentations at schools grade K through 12, attended public safety meetings, and organize medication drops for the community.

Sgt. Whitley looks forward to bringing his experience to the River Bend Community and providing the community with educational resources and using crime prevention methods, that will make everyone safer in their homes.

Officer Brandon Rohrs

Officer Brandon Rohrs has been with the River Bend Police Department since 2014. He graduated BLET from Lenoir Community College in 2008.  He previously spent over 4 years working at the Belhaven and Clinton Police Departments. His specialty is in traffic enforcement and narcotics investigations, as well as crime prevention and community outreach. Officer Rohrs holds an Intermediate Law Enforcement Certification, is a Field Training Officer, and is currently working on his Advanced Certificate as well as the Traffic Certification from the North Carolina Justice Academy. Officer Rohrs is a certified Radar Operator, Chemical Analyst, and has completed Homicide Investigation and Suicide Investigation schools. Officer Rohrs brings many different aspects of his experience and training to River Bend, including community policing, narcotics investigations, traffic investigations, and general investigations.

Officer Rohrs has received the following awards, in addition to numerous merit citations:

  • Eagle Eye Award (Belhaven PD)
  • Police Officer of the Year (Clinton PD)
  • Meritorious Conduct Medal (Clinton PD)
  • Chiefs Award for Excellence (River Bend PD)
  • Department Meritorious Service Medal (River Bend PD)
  • Life Saving Award (River Bend PD)

Officer Michael DeStefano

Officer Michael DeStefano is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Carteret Community College where he graduated with the highest average. Officer DeStefano worked as a patrolman for the Town of Beaufort, NC for several years before joining the River Bend Police Department on May 18, 2018. During his time as a Beaufort patrol officer, Officer DeStefano completed various training courses that included CJLEADS, NCAWARE, Taser, radar, community policing and narcotics related class through the North Carolina Justice Academy.

As a prior resident of River Bend, Officer DeStefano is familiar with the Town and the needs of the community. He is excited to give back to the Town through his service as a law enforcement officer. Officer DeStefano is looking forward to serving the Town’s citizens with the utmost respect and professionalism.

Officer Eric Hodson

Officer Eric Hodson is originally from Western New York but has been in North Carolina since 2012. He considers New Bern his home. Officer Hodson graduated BLET in 2016 from Craven Community College. He started his career in Law Enforcement with the Craven County Sheriff's office as a criminal patrol deputy. Officer Hodson takes interest in getting Narcotics off the streets to make it a safer place. He has taken multiple classes dealing with drugs and drug interdiction. Officer Hodson looks forward to meeting the residents of River Bend and wants to be helpful in any matter he can.

Officer Hodson joined the River Bend Police Department in July of 2019.

Officer Stephen Fell

Officer Stephen Fell Jr., a New Jersey /New York native, moved to Pollocksville in 1996. He opened a NY Deli and attended BLET after serving in the Army. Officer Fell has worked with the USMC over the past seven years. He served most of his law enforcement career with the Jacksonville (NC) Police Department as a lead Crash Investigator. There he received his Advanced Certificate and specialized in all aspects of Traffic Safety, Enforcement and Crash Investigation.

Officer Fell attended many classes in Florida at IPTM and the NC Justice Academy. He is an expert in Crash Reconstruction and has completed At-Scene Crash, Advanced Crash, Motorcycle Crash, Commercial Vehicle Crash, NCSHP Motorcycle Operations, Drugs That Impair Driving, PBT, SFST, Field Training Officer, Drug Interdiction, Taser, Radar, and was assigned to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team.

Officer Fell has served as a Part-time Officer in the communities of River Bend, Richlands, Jones County Sheriff’s Office, as a Sergeant with Vanceboro Police, as a full-time Maysville Officer, and Deputy with Craven Sheriff’s Office.

Officer Fell is looking to provide the River Bend community and its travelers with the professionalism and respect they deserve by continuing to serve with the highest standards possible.

Officer Eric Gonzales

Officer Eric Gonzales was born in Austin, Texas and spent his youth traveling the U.S. with his military family.  He later joined the Marine Corps himself, serving for ten years with three deployments, one of which was a mission to Afghanistan.

Officer Gonzales moved to North Carolina in 2016.  After completing his Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2019, he joined the River Bend Police Department in July of 2019.

Officer Roger Baysden

Officer Roger Baysden comes to River Bend Police Department with 7 years of Law Enforcement experience. Officer Baysden was born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina. Officer Baysden graduated Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2013 from Lenoir Community College. He started his career in Law Enforcement with the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office in Kinston. Officer Baysden has held such positions as Detention Officer, Criminal Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Narcotics Detective, and Special Response Team (SWAT) operator.

Officer Baysden looks forward to bringing his experience to the River Bend Community and meeting the residents and members of the community.

He attended courses that include:

  • Drug Enforcement for patrol Officers
  • Basic interview and Interrogation
  • Fugitive Apprehension
  • Covert Surveillance School
  • Clandestine Lab Certification