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UPDATED: Chadbourn police chief suddenly resigns for no given reason

By Allen Turner

The revolving door of Chadbourn police chiefs continues.

Harry White, named to the post in August, resigned unexpectedly Monday without giving a reason, Interim Town Manager Pat Garrell and Mayor Phillip Britt confirmed Tuesday. His last day on the job will be May 3.

We have been unable to reach White for comment.  He has not responded to a message left on his cell phone voicemail asking that he call us.

Garrell said White’s letter of resignation gave no reason for his sudden decision to leave. We have requested a copy of that letter but Garrell said that by law she couldn’t release it and that it would have to come from him. If White returns our call, we will ask him for a copy.

Britt said, “I wasn’t expecting it. He gave us no reason.”

The mayor also said that despite the fact that Chadbourn has been through four chiefs or interim chiefs within the last year or so, he doesn’t expect major difficulties in finding a replacement. “There are so many opportunities in this job,” Britt said. “The pay is more competitive than it used to be and we’ve gotten the department better equipment. I don’t expect it to be terribly difficult to hire someone new.”

Britt said he does not expect to call an emergency town council meeting to discuss White’s resignation. Instead, he said he has instructed Garrell to immediately advertise for applicants to fill the vacancy.

More information on this breaking story will be posted online and appear in the print edition of The News Reporter as it becomes available…

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