The North Carolina Sheriff's Association has recognized Speaker of the House Tim Moore of Kings Mountain as the 2017 Defender of Public Safety for the work he did during the 2017 legislative session.

Moore dedicated time and effort during the session to advocate for law enforcement issues important to the association which impacts the office of sheriff, local communities and the state.

"Speaker Moore took a leadership role in advancing the legislative priorities of the North Carolina Sheriff's Association which represents all 100 sheriffs in the state," said Sheriff Carson H. Smith Jr., president of the association. "As a result, our sheriffs are better equipped to protect the lives, liberties and property of North Carolina's citizens."

Moore represents Cleveland County, something residents are lucky for, according to Cleveland County Sheriff Norman.

“Cleveland County’s citizens and law enforcement agencies are extremely fortunate to have such a strong advocate for the pursuit of justice representing our county and district, as he serves the distinguished role of North Carolina Speaker of the House,” he said.