Sharpsburg police chief fired; mayor’s powers clarified – Wilson Times

SHARPSBURG — Town commissioners fired the police chief following a lengthy closed session held during a special meeting Monday.

Commissioner Randall Collie made the motion to fire Chief John Hunt, who has been police chief since Feb. 10, 2016.

Hunt’s conduct surrounding a traffic stop occurring on May 21 “demonstrated a lack of professionalism, integrity, poor judgment and involved an improper directive to his officers,” Collie said.

“Subsequently, disciplinary actions taken, equipment decisions made by Chief Hunt against the officers involved in the traffic stop were viewed by the Board of Commissioners as retaliatory in direct violation of the board’s prior warning against retaliation,” Collie said.

Collie said the board had “a lack of confidence in Chief Hunt’s abilities to carry out his professional duties as chief and to effectively lead his department.”

Collie also said Hunt potentially subjected the town to “monetary liability through these intentional, wrongful acts.” (Read more)

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Pinetops customers will be losing Greenlight – Wilson Times

Greenlight Community Broadband is slated to discontinue service to Pinetops by July 12, but the sale of infrastructure in the town will mean residents won’t miss out on high-speed broadband.

“Everyone I know who has Greenlight is very sad that this is happening,” said former Pinetops commissioner Suzanne Coker Craig. “Everyone has been extremely satisfied with not only the speed of the connection, but the customer service. The city of Wilson has served us extremely well, and we have no need to change.”

However, the change in providers was necessitated by the addition of Suddenlink service in Pinetops and a 2017 law stipulating the public provider has 30 days to stop service after a competitive provider connects to Greenlight’s customers in rural Nash and Edgecombe counties. On June 13, the notification was sent by Suddenlink, and Greenlight sought a buyer for the fiber optic infrastructure. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC Police Officer Christopher “Chris” James Driver End of Watch Celebration

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Condolences goes out to Officer Chris Driver’s family.
Services entrusted to Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services Rocky Mount NC.