Mocksville, NC – The Mocksville Town Council voted to dissolve its entire police force on Tuesday, leaving approximately 20 police department employees without jobs by the end of next month.
The town board’s vote was unanimous, WGHP reported.
Mocksville will rely on the Davie County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) to provide law enforcement services after the Mocksville Police Department (MPD) disbands on June 30.
“[Davie County Sheriff J.D. Hartman] is a great sheriff. He’s doing a great job for the county. I think he will do a great job for the citizens of Mocksville,” Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin said. “I think he’s going to come in and blow everyone away with what he’s going to do.”
MPD personnel learned they would be losing their jobs by word-of-mouth after information about the town’s contract with the sheriff’s office leaked ahead of the town’s scheduled meeting with the police department, WXII reported.
They will have to reapply for open positions at the DCSO in order to continue working in the area as law enforcement officers.
North Carolina Police Benevolent Association (NCPBA) representative Brandon McGaha said the decision to dissolve the MPD was not simply a matter of funding.
“It was more of a political issue before it ever became a budgetary issue,” McGaha told WGHP. “They are using the budgetary issue to get rid of the police department for other reasons that started long before the budget was on the table.”
“The decision was decided before we ever got in here,” McGaha told WXII after the vote. “They went from having a job to losing their jobs in — how long did it take to vote? Five seconds? They just had their lives turned upside down, and it was turned upside down by small-town politics.”
He said town leaders intentionally sabotaged any opportunity the MPD had to succeed.
“This police department didn’t have a chance to be successful to the level that they wanted because they were doing everything they could to keep them from being successful,” he told WXII. “The decision was decided before we ever got in here.”
The town council claimed street-level law enforcement coverage will increase by 75 percent once the MPD is dissolved, WXII reported.
They said the town will save about $1.3 million over the next three years by abolishing the agency.
In addition to collecting a $1.35 million annual fee from the township, the DCSO will also take possession of the MPD’s fleet and equipment once the department is disbanded, WXII reported.