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Every spring, the population of the town of Wilkesboro, N.C., grows by around 75,000 for Merlefest, a musical tribute to the late folk and bluegrass guitarist Merle Watson. Ensuring the safety of visitors and residents during the four-day event requires a team effort of hundreds of people. Chief of Police Craig Garris, a 2000 graduate of Gardner-Webb University, coordinates his department’s role in the effort.
Craig Garris, Criminal Justice, Merlefest, Wilkesboro (NC), Wilkesboro Police Department
Office of University Communications, "GWU Criminal Justice Alumnus Gains Knowledge to Effectively Solve Problems" (2017). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 594.