Charles Victor "Vic” Ward was born in Whiteville, and spent the majority of his younger years in Columbus County, specifically the New Hope Community just south of town. Vic graduated from Whiteville HS in 1986. While attending WHS, he was active in school service organizations and served as editor of the HS yearbook. Athletically, Vic was the top-ranked tennis player at WHS his entire 4 years while attaining all-conference honors and led WHS to winning the conference and eastern state championships. In his senior season, Vic was undefeated in singles and combined with partner Rob Gurgainus to form the number 1 ranked doubles team in the state. Vic concluded his playing career at UNC-Wilmington under Coach Larry Honeycutt.
Immediately upon graduating from UNCW with a degree in Criminal Justice, Vic joined the NC Highway Patrol in 1990. Vic was stationed in Robeson and Pender Counties prior to coming back to Columbus County where he served as a Trooper until his promotion to Sergeant. Vic then served in Cumberland County until being promoted to First Sergeant where he was assigned to Beaufort County and then SHP Headquarters in Raleigh.
After being promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, Vic was assigned as a liaison officer to the NC Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), a homeland security task force consisting of multiple agencies including the FBI, SBI, DHS and others.
While assigned at the ISAAC, Vic was part of the operation that arrested members of the "Triangle Terror” group, who had plotted against the US Marine Corp Base in Quantico, VA.
In 2010, Vic was promoted to Captain and served as the Commander of the SHP’s Internal Affairs Unit for 3 years. After being assigned back to Field Operations, Vic was promoted in 2016 to Major overseeing SHP operations for the eastern part of the state.
On 2 February 2017, Vic was appointed Deputy Commander of the SHP (Lieutenant Colonel) by Governor Roy Cooper.
In addition to a BA Degree at UNCW, Vic is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute (Louisville, KY), the FBI National Academy (Quantico, VA), and the US Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA). He will receive his Master’s Degree in Justice Administration from Methodist University in December 2017.
Vic has been married to his wife Debbie for 27 years and the couple has 2 children, Victoria (23) and Kyle (19).
"I’m very humbled to have been selected to be the Marshal for the Pecan Harvest Festival. Whiteville and Columbus County hold a very special place in my heart, and I’m extremely proud to be a Whiteville native! I want to sincerely thank the festival committee for bestowing this honor upon me.”