Locklear, who had served as area director for the association and chair of its Ways and Means Committee, will serve a two-year term as president. At 33 years old, he is the youngest magistrate to hold the position, and as a member of the Lumbee Tribe, the first American Indian to do so.
The association represents more than 674 magistrates from every North Carolina county.
“The NCMA plays an important role in looking out for the best interest of the magistrates of North Carolina. I’m honored to continue my involvement with the association, and I look forward to building on our strong fundamentals as we work together to advance the profession,” said Locklear, who has more than 15 years of experience in the criminal justice system.
Locklear has worked as a deputy, a volunteer firefighter, adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as an instructor at Robeson Community College.