Mocksville, NC – The town of Mocksville can’t seem to keep a police chief and the most recent resignation came just five days after former Cooleemee Police Chief Bobby West was sworn into office.
Former Mocksville Police Chief Pat Reagan announced his resignation effective Dec. 1, 2020 in September of last year, WXII reported.
Chief Reagan was sworn into office in April of 2019 amidst a controversial management battle with town management.
The staff loved him but town officials did not, so they gave the chief an unrealistic set of goals and deadlines with an ultimatum, according to WXII.
“We have survived the crisis of Sarge Butters that exploded over a year ago due to elected officials and also the crisis of previous leadership,” read a letter to the town council signed by police officials, officers, and housekeepers who threatened to quit if the town fired Chief Reagan, according to WXII.
“We finally have a chief in place, who has not allowed a corrupt few prevent him from doing his job effectively and fairly,” the letter continued. “Previous chiefs were involved with political relationships and sharing favors that should never have been allowed to happen.”
Chief Reagan announced he was leaving a month later, WXII reported.
“Although our department has made significant improvements over the last several months, the direction of the town and the department no longer seem to coincide,” the chief said when he announced his resignation.
The town announced the appointment of former Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks as interim police chief to replace former Chief Reagan as of Nov. 1, 2020 in an October press release.
Less than three months later, Chief Parks announced his resignation effective Feb. 26, citing “family obligations,” WXII reported.
The former Cooleemee police chief was next up at bat.
Chief West became Mocksville’s “temporary agency department head” on March 5 and then resigned on March 9, WXII reported.
The town had put out an enthusiastic press release heralding Chief West’s arrival at the department just a few days earlier.
Town officials had said the new top cop brought “an abundance of experience having served in the Davie County Sheriff’s Office for 8.5 years and the Cooleemee Police Department for ten years,” WXII reported.
Mocksville’s interim town manager, Lynn Trivette, claimed that Chief West had said he “felt led to serve as agency department head in Mocksville.”
Trivette said the Mocksville Police Department staff could expect a smooth transition under the new chief, WXII reported.
“Along with his extended 18.5 years police career, Agency Head West brings a self-assured attitude, open-minded leadership style, and a community approach with him to Mocksville,” she boasted.
But five days later when Chief West’s abrupt resignation was announced, Trivette had no comment, WXII reported.
No reason has been given yet for former Chief West’s quick departure from the Mocksville Police Department.