Here we are again and I am not going to state “I told you so,” but I could. We are now facing the same predicament we have for the third time, being without a Wadesboro Police Chief.
During the October [Wadesboro Town Council] meeting, Lt. Thedis Spencer was awarded the Chief of Police salary, but nothing was mentioned of him being appointed the position. My question to the Wadesboro Town Council is “Why?” Lt. Spencer has served in the Interim Chief position for three occasions, for four months, nine months when Vance Johnson left and presently until someone is appointed. Lt. Thedis Spencer’s record speaks for itself.
The position of Police Chief is an appointment. The North Carolina League of Municipalities statues in Section 6 — Promotions states, “In filling vacancies, every effort will be made to promote qualified employees from within before seeking an outside replacement. To be promoted, employees must have demonstrated sustained acceptable performances in their current job and must meet the qualification standards of education, training, experience, and other requirements for the position to which the promotion will be made. Other factors in evaluating qualification for promotion will include attendance, ability to perform specific job requirements of the new position, attitude, support of Town policies and proven leadership ability.”
Evidently the Town Council feels he has met all qualifications, as stated previously he has served as Interim Chief three times. Each and every one of you is aware of what we just went through with the previous chief. This cannot happen again. It is time our voices are heard. Please meet me at the November Wadesboro Town Council meeting.