FIRST ON WITN: Greenville Police Chief Leaving

Greenville's police chief is heading west after nearly six years in Eastern Carolina.

William Anderson will become police chief in Asheville, leaving to head up a larger department for a 5% . His last day in Greenville is February 17th.

“Chief Anderson has been an innovative and dedicated leader of the Greenville Police Department,” said City Manager Wayne Bowers. “He has built a strong community-oriented policing foundation for the Department, initiating the Police Athletic League program and implementing the district policing concept. He will be missed in Greenville. I congratulate him on his new position.”

Anderson starts in Asheville March 1st and will be paid $134,446 a year. He currently makes $128,044 in Greenville.

He became chief on June 5, 2006. His tenure in Greenville has been troubled, with public calls for him to resign. A department spokesman said the chief has left the office this afternoon and is unavailable to talk to reporters about his departure.

Greenville is slightly larger than Asheville, with a population of 84,500. But Asheville has a larger police force, with 215 sworn officers, compared to 186 for Greenville.

Deputy Chief Joe Bartlett will serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is named.

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  • by virginia on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    well GREENVILLE NC you know what you had but you have no idea what you are going to get all i can say is it is PRAYING TIME IN GREENVILLE NC FALL ON YOUR FACE AND BEG GOD TO BE MERCYFUL BECAUSE YOU WILL NEED IT
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    It's a start in the right direction. Next get some new representation on city council - people that understand the Greenville's potential to grow is on the line. It could be so much better than it is.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    Chief Anderson is an idiot. He was an idiot when he was the Chief at Elizabeth City. He spent to much money on stupid pet projects instead of putting more officers on patrol. Maybe some good will finally come to Greenville Police Department with the changing of top cop.
  • by Anonymous Location: g'vle on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:43 AM
    5 gangs fooled him here from other places he was cheif. TAKE THEM WITH YOU!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:58 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    This will be the fourth city that he will be the first black police chief in. Tell me he does not know how to play cards.
  • by Mentor Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:50 PM
    I have been a resident of Greenville for the past six years, after living in Raleigh,Greensboro, and Charlotte. I have been in contact with teenagers and young adult and Greenville by far has the most respectful, trustworthy, and honest overall of all the other cities I've lived in. The only problem I've seen with resident of East Carolina(G-Ville) is the closed minded, airheaded, and ignorant parents of these students. I would visit West Greenville three or four times a week for different programs and I have never had one problem with the residents but all I hear from parents is how unsafe and loony the people are..I think Greenville is over run with hidden racism, and
    hate. And as a White man raised in North Raleigh I can see true hate and racism constant here, and its true for both races. Greenville has the potential to be the next commercial, and industrial hub of NC but it has problems that should pledge a city like little washington, Kinston, or Wilson...People stop cry, stop fussing n please stop complaining about the police force or the politicians. Cuz real change starts at home.....
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      by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM in reply to Mentor
      I am a mentor in West Greenville and evidently you must not spend much time there. You can see a drug deal anytime day or night. Take a look at the addresses of people arrested and charged and a majority of them are from West Greenville.
  • by Anthony Location: Raleigh on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
    There'd be a lot less crime and violence if we (eventually) made all drugs legal. Drug addiction is a human health issue, not a criminal justice issue. And addiction isn't the same as responsible use. Let's start with cannabis. Make it legal for those 21 and over. Tax and regulate it like alcohol. I'm sure there are plenty of farmers in NC who could see the great benefit to making this plant legal. Al Capone was very powerful and violent and big reason for that was because alcohol was illegal. If my kids end up experimenting with cannabis, i'd much rather it be in properly labeled FDA-approved package that gives the consumer the amount of THC and CBD, etc. contained in the plant. Bring it all above-board and the gangs will faulter.
  • by Scott Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    GPD officers are some of the most highly educated in the State. Ignorance makes fools.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM in reply to Scott
      Being educated does not translate into being smart...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM
    Good Riddance, I think all of the Greenville Police need to leave and we need new fresh people in there. Its on of the most shady forces there. I knew someone who got robbed and they could never find the stolen goods well about 5 months after it happened the SBI (State Bureau of Investigation showed up saying they where starting an investigation into the entire Greenville PD for corruption and wanted info. After the robbery, when the PD showed up it took them almost 2 hours to get there (I left Bath and made it there before them) and everything they done while on scene was completely wrong and did not follow the rules. No fingerprints where taken, report was not filled out completely, they did not even write down the phone number the the owners of the home, and more.
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      by Scott on Jan 16, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to
      GPD has never been investigated for corruption. These lies must stop. WITN it would be great if someone could investigate all of these claims and put them to rest. This is getting ridiculous.
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        by Barston on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to Scott
        Crime in Greenville will not stop until there are no longer thousands of young people serving as customers for the drug dealers. Let me remind you, these drug buyers I am speaking of do not reside in the west side of town. Without customers for the lucrative drug business that exist in Greenville, there would be few street dealers. No police chief, White or Black is going to touch this issue because of the sensitive political nature. In Greenville or this nation, a situation involving thousands of kids with rich parents is totally off limits.
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      by ticked off on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:42 PM in reply to
      you are full of baloney! No SBI investigation like you describe has occured in the past 5 years. Chances are YOU screwed up and are trying to blame someone else,

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