Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Judge William F. (Bill) Southern III to the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Judge Southern has served as a District Court Judge in Stokes and Surry Counties since 2008 and is a Certified Juvenile Court Judge. He previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Stokes and Surry Counties as well.
The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission, originally created by the State Legislature in 1968, now serves as the chief advisory body to the governor and the secretary of the Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues. Forty-four members, along with agency staff, set program priorities, review applications and make recommendations to the governor for the State’s Criminal Justice, Crime Victims’ Services and Juvenile Justice Federal grants. Federal block grants are awarded each year to government, education and social service agencies to start new and innovative programs and to continue efforts to reduce crime.
The Governor’s Crime Commission sets program priorities, reviews and makes recommendations to the governor for grant awards. The Commission consists of 44 members, including heads of statewide criminal justice and human service agencies, representatives from the courts, law enforcement, local government, the General Assembly, non-profit agencies, private citizens and youth representatives.