Balog named new Burlington police chief

City manager Craig Honeycutt has elevated assistant police chief Alan Balog to be the city’s next police chief, succeeding Brian Long, who is scheduled to retire in June. Balog and Long will work together over the next month during the leadership transition, Honeycutt said.

Balog is a career law enforcement officer, serving most of his law enforcement tenure  (11 of 18 years) with Burlington’s police department and also with the Alamance County sheriff’s office.

“Chief Balog will serve our city well,” added city manager Honeycutt.  “He brings a combination of experience with the highest quality academic and professional training. We are excited to work with chief Balog in this position,” Honeycutt added.

“My lifelong experiences have prepared me to answer the call to serve the public in the community I know best. I take pride in keeping my hometown safe and ensuring the delivery of fair and effective police service in partnership with the community so that every resident has the opportunity to be successful.” stated Balog.

As assistant chief, Balog currently oversees Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and 911 dispatching. He previously served in supervisory roles within the BPD Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Professional Standards Division.

Balog is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University.

He also currently serves as a Board member for Meals on Wheels of Alamance County.

He is the son of retired superior court judge Steve Balog and his wife, Susan.