Carolina Beach Preparing To Interview Applicants For New Police Chief

Carolina Beach Preparing To Interview Applicants For New Police Chief

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 27 October 2020 02:42

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Town Manager Bruce Oakley announced Tuesday October 27th, the Town is preparing to interview applicants to fill the soon to be vacant position of police chief.
Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey informed the Town Council on Tuesday July 28th, that he will retire effective December 1st, 2020 after serving within the department for over 20 years.
The Town Council voted Tuesday August 11th, to hire a company to aid in the search for a new Police Chief following Spivey's announcement.
Carolina Beach Police Chief Chris Spivey informed the Town Council on Tuesday July 28th, that he will retire effective December 1st, 2020 after serving within the department for over 20 years.
Town Manager Bruce Oakley explained, "Chief Spivey was hired by the Carolina Beach Police Department in 2000 as a patrol officer. Throughout his more than 20 years of service with the Town, Chief Spivey rose through the ranks, serving in many capacities, including assignments with the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Division, and Supervisory Command Staff. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chief of Police."
Chief Spivey remarked in his letter of retirement to Town Manager Bruce Oakley, "Thank you, town personnel and community members for all your support, assistance, and care along this journey. You have all helped fuel the passion for my service."
Oakley explained Chief Spivey will continue to work in his current position until a qualified replacement is found.
During the meeting on July 28th, Oakley explained, "Since I've been here I've never seen a Chief so committed and dedicated to the Town, to the staff, to the citizens. Police Chiefs are always on call but Chief Spivey has taken it to a whole other level. Anytime I've ever needed him no matter what time or no matter what he's got going on, whether he is on vacation... he responds in minutes."
Spivey explained, "It has been a journey and a roller coaster" and, "Twenty years is a long time. At this time it's perfect for me to spend a little more time with my family and after conversation with them, I've decided that December 1st, 2020 would be my retirement date."
Spivey thanked the entire Town staff and all police and fire personnel for their service over the years.
During the Council's August 11th, meeting, the Council voted to hire a Charlotte, NC, based company to aid in the search for a new police chief.
During the October 27th, meeting Oakley explained, "The police chief search. We had 71 applications. Some very qualified candidates. We are very impressed with the pool we got and we have some tough decisions ahead and we will be in the process of scheduling some interviews. We were will impressed with the applicant pool."
Oakley recommended rescheduling a workshop in November to the 17th to consider that issue and items.
Councilman Lynn Barbee asked Oakley, "You had mentioned the Police Chief Are we still on schedule to get someone so that we still have someone hand off with Chief Spivey?"
Oakley explained, "It's going to be tough. It's going to be right about that same time. We are hoping, we are going as fast as we can and having the first interviews the first week of November. If we find the candidate then, and we can move forward, we may get a brief interaction. Of course they will have to work some kind of notice. We are hoping some cross over if possible. But it will be a tight window."

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