Attorney General Roy Cooper has named 45-year-old Steven Combs the new director of the Criminal Justice Standards Division. The Jacksonville native will begin in the new job Monday, Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley said. The position administers the Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission’s certification program for sworn police officers.
Combs will succeed Windy Hunter, who has served as acting director since Wayne Woodard retired last year. Combs has most recently served as an assistant special agent in charge in the Jacksonville office of the State Bureau of Investigation. He has worked for the SBI for 15 years.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and completed training in law enforcement management through the N.C. Justice Academy.
Combs worked previously with the Raleigh Police Department and in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.