SHARPSBURG, N.C. — The Board of Commissioners fired Sharpsburg’s chief of police on Monday following two traffic stops involving the mayor in recent weeks.
Mayor Robert Williams summarily removing Commissioner Randall Collie as police commissioner during a June 5 board meeting and appointing Police Chief John Hunt to the position before abruptly adjourning the meeting.
The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association criticized the action, as well as alleging that Williams hurled racially charged insults and made obscene gestures toward officers during two traffic stops.5
Within hours of his May 8 election, Williams was charged with driving while impaired after leaving a local polling site. He also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a concealed gun after consuming alcohol, carrying a concealed handgun in private premises where prohibited and two counts of resisting a public officer. (Read more)