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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Sharpsburg board fires police chief – WRAL

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)

Mayor accused of harassing police officers – The Wilson Times

SHARPSBURG — A law enforcement group has accused Mayor Robert L. Williams of lashing out at town police with racial slurs and rude hand gestures on the heels of his drunken driving arrest.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association says Williams’ behavior and his bid to strip Commissioner Randall Collie of police department oversight “reek of personal bias and retaliation.”

State PBA Executive Director John Midgette wrote a June 7 letter to the mayor and commissioners claiming “a pattern and practice of inappropriate conduct by the mayor toward the town’s police officers to include racially charged insults and inappropriate hand gestures directed at officers.” (Read more)

Sharpsburg mayor alleges racial bias, storms out of meeting – WRAL

SHARPSBURG, N.C. — Mayor Robert Williams interrupted an emergency meeting by the Sharpsburg Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening to claim local officials and police are biased against him because he’s black.

Williams then stormed out, pushing a television news reporter out of his way.

Within hours of his election last month, 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.

Less than two weeks after that, Williams was pulled over again and cited with driving while his license was revoked. His pending DWI charge meant he wasn’t supposed to be behind the wheel. (Read more)

Video shows new Sharpsburg mayor’s confrontation with CBS 17 reporter

SHARPSBURG, N.C. (WNCN) – Video from Tuesday afternoon shows the new mayor in Sharpsburg yelling at and pushing a CBS 17 reporter

On May 8, the night Robert Williams Jr. won the election for Sharpsburg mayor, he was arrested on a DWI charge.

An emergency meeting Tuesday in response to some allegations ended up being canceled because the new mayor was late.

CBS 17 reporter David Hurst was there for the meeting and tried to ask Williams questions.

However, Williams tried to block the CBS 17 camera, yelled at Hurst and pushed him away at one point, according to video. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Don’t prematurely condemn mayor-elect – Rocky Mount Telegram

It is my desire to shed light on the venerable character of Robert Williams Jr., the newly elected mayor of Sharpsburg.

Robert is a member of our congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church and has been a member there for over 22 years and currently serves as a deacon. Robert has faithfully served our church, his communit, and his country with both dignity and honor.

Robert has served both as a soldier in the United States military in the Middle East and as a peace officer in North Carolina. He is a man of character who believes in serving others.

On Tuesday, May 8, after Mr. Williams’ electoral victory, he was pulled over while allegedly driving under the influence, among other alleged violations. Indeed, I am concerned about the circumstances around the post-election traffic stop that gave rise to the incident and the subsequent charges. We expect the truth of this escapade will be revealed in the courts, but we know the man who has sought our votes is a man who respects and obeys the law. (Read more)

Sharpsburg mayor-elect faces DWI, gun charges – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: I was wondering about the charges were any of them felony charges but Chief Hunt has answered that question. So with that being said it appears that Williams will be the Mayor. So I wonder what will the racist town commissioners and the Racist Police Department do now? I say that because I have been to Sharpsburg last year to meet with some residents about Racial Profiling and Police Harassment. They got some damn serious issues there taking folk cars and a local wrecker service making money because they are partners with the town.

SHARPSBURG — Mayor-elect Robert L. Williams Jr. was arrested on impaired driving and gun charges shortly after his Tuesday election win.

According to Sharpsburg Police Chief John Hunt, Williams was stopped at 8:05 p.m. after a report from a concerned citizen that Williams was driving a black Dodge Ram truck and appeared to be impaired.

Sharpsburg Police Officer William Bruesch located the vehicle on Mill Branch Road and proceeded to follow it.

“The vehicle failed to maintain the lane of travel, which gave the officer reason to believe the report of an impaired driver was accurate,” Hunt said in a release. “The police officer proceeded to stop the vehicle with blue lights and siren activated. The driver, Mr. Robert Williams Jr., eventually stopped on Sandy Knob Lane just prior to his residence.” (Read more)

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