Clyde leaders to choose police chief

By DeeAnna Haney | Mar 12, 2014

Clyde leaders are in the process of choosing a new police chief following the abrupt resignation of the former chief in January.

The town received 17 applications for the position, which they hope to have filled by April 1.

The personnel committee, which consists of Mayor Jerry Walker, Alderman Caroll Mease and Garland, interviewed applicants last week.

"Our plan is to take the final three or four applicants to the board. They will then interview them and make a selection," Garland said.

The two former police chiefs left the department for reasons that town leaders have kept quiet, citing personnel reasons in both cases.

Gerard Ball resigned in late January for "personal reasons." The board had suspended him in September for 30 days without pay for what the town cited vaguely as "personal misconduct." He was also placed on a 12-month probation period during which time the board said he could be fired without notice if his work or personal misconduct were considered unsatisfactory.

Ball was hired on as chief in July 2012 after the town’s previous chief, Derek Dendy, was fired for misconduct.

Garland said the idea to contract Clyde law enforcement services out to the Haywood County Sheriff's Office or to consolidate with the Canton Police Department has never been discussed in board meetings. Clyde police already share dispatch services with the Canton police force.

The Clyde Police Department currently has three full-time and two part-time employees. Longtime officer Eddie Singleton, formerly of the Waynesville Police Department, has been serving as supervisor of the department until a chief is hired.

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