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Bethune police chief gets pay raise

Posted: August 15, 2014 2:16 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Gary Phillips/C-I

Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb shows off the leash and horse bridle presented to him during Thursday’s Bethune Town Council meeting. The humorous gesture by Mayor Charles McCoy and Councilman Don Witham resulted from Cobb having to deal with a horse that got loose in town. Council also voted to increase Cobb’s pay by $500 per year.


Newly-hired Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb received some good news at Bethune Town Council’s meeting Thursday. After a brief executive session discussion near the end of the meeting, council unanimously voted to give Cobb a $500 a year pay raise and provide him with a cell phone paid for by the town. The raise brings the part-time chief’s annual pay to $16,000.

“Joey has been with us a short period of time, but he’s made a big impact on the people of the town of Bethune and I want to commend him and give him a hand for what he has done,” Mayor Charles McCoy said.

McCoy and Councilman Don Witham then drew laughter from the meeting attendees when they presented two special gifts to Cobb.

“A couple of weeks ago we had a dilemma in town. When you issue a policeman a gun and a badge and a car and handcuffs, you think he’s got everything. We found out a week or so ago that he didn’t have everything,” McCoy said.

Witham continued the story.

“We had a horse get loose about two weeks ago. The horse toured Walton Street, came down to the Exxon and headed up Main Street, decided that wasn’t the way to go, came back and headed down (Highway) No. 1 to McBee,” Witham said. “It got on the bridge and Joey finally showed up. Joey stopped traffic … it was backed up both ways, so he got in his car on the bridge and tried to get the horse turned around and I was walking behind him. We found out our policeman was not properly equipped to handle that situation.”

Witham pulled a horse bridle and dog leash from a paper bag and gave them to Cobb.

“This is going to be standard equipment in your car. If you need some training on how to use them, I’ll be glad to show you,” Witham said.

Cobb said he would keep the new gear in his car.

“I have a feeling this could happen again,” he said.

In other business, Councilman John Fulmer read a resolution stating council’s opposition to the Kershaw County School District’s proposal to close Bethune, Mt. Pisgah and Baron DeKalb Elementary schools and consolidate them into a proposed elementary school near North Central High School.

Witham gave an update on the status of seeking bids for repairs and renovations for the town’s water tower. The town is also hoping to receive a grant to pay for a large part of the work.

“Dealing with the government is a paperwork nightmare, but we’ve got to learn how to do it because they’re actually going to give us $55,000 if we can get through this process,” Witham said.

Witham said bid packages are being sent to interested vendors and the sealed bids will be opened at 11 a.m. Aug. 28 in a special meeting at town hall.

Under new business, McCoy thanked Discount Groceries, Winners Circle and Sandhills Bank for donations that purchased a protective vest for Cobb and also thanked Lynchwood Lodge for cleaning up Bethune streets  on Aug. 9. Council also approved the sale of an old fire truck and a Ford Crown Victoria car the town no longer needs.



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