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China Grove again without a police chief after Mike Grant declines offer
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Wilson County NewsFebruary 19, 2014 3,094 views 1 comment
CHINA GROVE -- Mike Grant, who on Feb. 6 was chosen by the China Grove City Council to be the city’s next police chief, has decided not to accept the position.
Grant telephoned the Wilson County News Feb. 13 and said he had withdrawn his name from consideration. Grant also said he urged the city to advertise the position, which had not been done prior to the council’s decision to hire him.
“That would give the citizens a feeling of a more transparent situation,” Grant said.
“I don’t want the integrity of China Grove, or my own integrity, to be questioned,” he added.
According to Mayor Eugene Ripps following the Feb. 6 meeting, Grant was the only one to apply for the chief’s position and he was not interviewed prior to being hired. The position -- and those of a paid officer and a reserve officer -- were left vacant Dec. 9, 2013, when the council voted to suspend the entire police force.
Ripps was not available for comment prior to press time Feb. 17. However, his predecessor -- former Mayor Dennis Dunk -- said that the council never looked into Grant’s 39-year law-enforcement background. The 70-year-old officer’s career included a two-year stint as a non-paid reserve officer in China Grove and he currently is a reserve deputy for Bexar County Constable Pct. 4.
Since China Grove’s police officers were suspended, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Bexar County Pct. 4 Constable’s Office have been performing all law-enforcement functions within the city.
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