Hertford Police Chief Fired Over Facebook Link

Hertford's town manager says the police chief has been fired because he linked a news report about a town's council candidate's arrest to the police department's Facebook page.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that town manager Brandon Shoaf said the link was posted Nov. 8, election day. The link took readers to a Virginia television station's story about Quentin Jackson, the council candidate who was jailed the weekend before the election on a contempt of court charge.

Shoaf says former police Chief Joe Amos didn't post any comments with the link. He says he thinks Amos made a bad judgment call in posting the story.

The Associated Press didn't find a home phone listing for Amos.


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  • by Pasquotak Born Location: Elizabeth City on Nov 16, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    The Chief of Police works at the pleasure of the Town Council and Town Manager, he can be terminated at anytime without reason. However, I feel that he did nothing wrong, the facts were the facts. He didn't libel or defame Mr. Jackson. What was published and made available was true. Does he have a civil case? That's up to his attorney to figure out, I hope he does.
  • by LawyerUp Location: Hertford on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    The Town needs to reinstate him immediately! This is public information and a direct violation of the Police Chiefs First Amendment rights. If I was the Chief, I'd sue! Can you spell Bahamas? Retirement?
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    Anonymous: Don't believe u can call it drama when a person is telling u just what type of person you have running for an office that has a say so in how your town is operated. The police chief should not have been fired but given a medal for his amendment right of freedom of speech!!!
  • by wow Location: crap on Nov 15, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Keep your eye on the prize people, sounds like everyone is forgetting about the council persons arrest. Sounds like the issue we had in Greenville not to long ago. What kind of politician gets arrested. Answer is>>>> not one that gets elected again!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to wow
      Marion Barry: smoke crack, get ya job back. Lots of politicians get re-elected after spending time in jail (both R and D). Contempt of court is usually a little weak to make a big deal out of though. BUT, it was news that was legitimate for the chief to post, as long as he didn't editorialize, which he didn't.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Nov 15, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    Public information. If you dont want the public to know about your troubles, dont get in trouble.
  • by James on Nov 15, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    May be the Town should vote in a new Town Council. It's like most small Towns the wanna bees feel important ON these small town boards. The town Drunk wants to be the Police Commissioner and the Mayor usually think he known more than anyone else, when in reality most people with a life a job don't have time for small town Politics just the village idiots....
  • by Perquimans County Resident Location: NC on Nov 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    Mr. Jackson is an aggrovation to the town. He has had more than a couple of run ins with the Police and Sheriffs Department. Chief did everyone in this town a favor by letting us known what type of person Mr. Jackson is.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    I hate facebook and every other mainstream gimmick.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Facebook will get someone in trouble quicker than a culprit of the Penn State good ole boy's club.
  • by uh Location: enc on Nov 15, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    The police chief's selection of which stories to post would constitute engagement in political promotion using the police department's facebook page. If it were his own facebook account, it might have been passable (but even then, if you're invoking your authority and/or role as a government official, this is a no-no).
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      by Truth on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM in reply to uh
      Ahh. I missed that it was the Department's page and not his personal page. Doh! Still, could have been logged in to the Department page, forgot to log out, and read an article elsewhere and FB tracked/linked it. Scold him and offer some advice on properly logging out of FB. lol If he intentionally posted it, I don't even think the timing of the post constitutes an attempt at political lobbying as, by that point, most people's minds would already be made up as to whom they would be voting. Also, with no comments having been made by the Chief, it's no different--in my opinion--than posting any other law-enforcement-related article that has relevance to anyone within his jurisdiction. It's just news.
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