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Bethune police officer resigns from police department

Posted: April 15, 2014 5:22 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2014 5:00 a.m.

By GARY PHILLIPS

C-I (Camden, S.C.) staff reporter

gphillips@chronicle-independent.com

 

The town of Bethune is without a local police force with the resignation of Officer Glenn Davis. Davis submitted a letter to Mayor Charles McCoy last Thursday that said his last day would be Friday.

"Over the last six months, we have had many differences of opinion regarding the Bethune Police Department, and goals for the town. Our conflict has affected my ability to manage the department and has left me feeling uncertain about the future of the department," the letter read in part. "It is clear to me that you and I will not be able to resolve our differences. Therefore, I feel that resigning is the best option for me and for the department."

McCoy praised Davis’ work and dedication for the town.

"He did a good job for us but he just felt like it was his time to go," McCoy said. "He felt like we had differences that he didn’t think we could resolve. He worked a lot of hours for what he got paid."

McCoy said he hopes the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office can provide protection for Bethune until another officer can be hired. He said the search has already begun but he feels the town cannot afford a full-time policeman at this time.

"Hopefully we can get a little assistance out of the county until we can get a replacement. I have talked to a couple of people so far, but nothing definite," he said. "We’re going to have to hire someone part time. We can’t afford full time right now."

Davis said he felt he wasn’t included in planning the department’s direction.

"It was a failure in communication. I was hired to do a job and was left out of the loop for the job I was to be doing. I hated I had to do what I had to do," he told the Chronicle-Independent. "I love the people of Bethune. They know what happened. They know the job I was doing."

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said his office will provide assistance to Bethune, but doing so will stretch his already overworked staff.

"We were shocked to hear he (Davis) was no longer employed there. The people of Bethune want an officer there. It’s helpful for us to have an officer there. It’s not one of the high crime areas of the county but they do have complaints about traffic situations like trucks blowing through town," Matthews said. "We’ve always helped them with any investigative needs they had and we’re not going to let there be a crime issue there that goes unchecked. But we’re already stretched thin and our response times are unacceptably long. It’s better for Bethune to have their own police force. Every time we turn around there’s more demand on our resources."

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