A South Carolina town by the name of North is facing a dangerous dilemma after a dispute regarding the mayors new policing policies led to the resignation the towns police chief.
Following the disagreement on policy, North Police Departments Chief Mark Fallaw tendered his own personal resignation and in a display of solidarity, the towns remaining police officer Anthony Blanchard followed suit. While circumstances behind the dispute are currently unknown given the gag order issued by newly elected mayor against the North Police Department, what is known is the town of 754 people are now without a police force.
Now there are no cops on the streets of the town of 754 people, meaning it relies on county officers to protect and serve. The Orangeburg County Sheriffs Office told WLTX-TV, The agency is answering calls and responding to those calls until further notice.
Without a police presence or without the county being present more often, it gives us concerns for our safety and for the business safety as well, [Russell Jeffcoat] told the WLTX.
Former chief Mark Fallaw who spent almost 14 years on the job through two mayors figured his best course of action given conflicts with new Mayor Patty Carson was resignation.
For her to be directing procedures that were contrary to national standards, that was going to cause a problem, Fallaw told WLTX. So I just said it was best for me probably to step down.
When WLXT contacted Carson, the station said she refused to comment and said she wouldnt discuss personnel issues in a public forum and then hung up the phone.
View the resignation letter below: