Washington Police Chief Finalist For Wrightsville Beach Job

Washington's police chief is a finalist for the chief's job in another coastal town here in North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach says Mick Reed is one of three contenders for its new police chief.

Reed has been police chief in Washington since June 2007 when he replaced Joe Stringer, who retired for health reasons.

Reed, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience, came to Washington from South Boston, Virginia.

Town manager Bob Simpson says Reed was among 133 initial candidates for the job and he hopes to name a new chief by the end of next month.

Wrightsville Beach has a population of around 2500 permanent residents, but during the summer it balloons to 30,000.

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  • by Sweeper on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    I have always been told a new broom sweeps clean!!
  • by Angela Location: Washington on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    Can I go?
  • by Bubba Location: Washington on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    I am disappointed that he is looking to leave Washington. I am even more disappointed that he didnt call a meeting of his troops to let them know he was in the running instead of having to find out about it in the news. Wrightsville Beach will be lucky to get him.
  • by Military Retiree on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    After reading some of these comments from people who live in Washington, maybe I don't want to try and come there! Who would, if the city is soliciting proposals from the sheriff to police the city. Are they crazy?
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      by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:37 PM in reply to Military Retiree
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        by J. Edgar Hoover on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:06 AM in reply to
        CRAZY as an outhouse rat if you make AJ the supreme allied commander of LE in Beaufort Co. He has trouble accepting the fact he has never been appointed by the POTUS as Chief US Marshal of the Eastern region of NC! God help you all!
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      by none ya on Apr 16, 2011 at 03:17 AM in reply to Military Retiree
      they are all crazy, don't come here
  • by AH Location: Washington on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    Give me a break. It is about time the council required the Manager to rein in the police department. Yes, they need a new building. But, get rid of the Washington 911 since it is a duplication of service (the county provides it).
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      by restofthestory on Apr 15, 2011 at 08:02 PM in reply to AH
      If you want it done horribly, llisten to the scanner and hear the woman at the sheriffs office read a plate or stumble through a call oh yeah the are in the flooding area of town and what happens if one of the agencies has a fire or other tragedy there needs to be a duplication in case of a disaster or equipment failure you might just need to call someone not to mention it is run by a political person how much service u think the city would get would it be run by concensus or the person who employes the people its a no brainer i heard the council was told by the finance director that the city already does it faster and cheaper but does anyone listen publish that wdn
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      by Batman on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:17 PM in reply to AH
      The county does not provise a duplicate service. They provide a lesser service. I listen to the scanner like many others and you can tell a great difference in the training and professionalism. The council reminds me of Rome while they play their fiddle the city is burning around them.
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      by none ya on Apr 16, 2011 at 03:16 AM in reply to AH
      Washington doesnt have 911 so get your facts straight
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    I don't blame him. Washington is a great place, but Wrightsville Beach, you can never go wrong with living down there. Just be ready to pay the high tax dollars. That and the traffic are the only 2 downfalls down there.
  • by ZEEBOW Location: Tarboro on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    As long as the council members can keep running folks out of town then they WIN. As soon as the PEOPLE stand up and dont cower down then they will win.....
  • by Reed Supporter Location: Downtown Washington on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    I can't say it any better than Concerned Citizen. Our loss, but what a pit of a place to work while the City Council goes behind your back to the Sherriff’s office about taking over your department. Thanks Doug Mercer. I pray we vote you out of office the next chance we get!
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      by City Citizen on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to Reed Supporter
      It will be a loss to the city of Washington if Reed goes for another job. I really can't blame him, after the way Mercer spit on him by scheming to turn PD over to Sheriff. Mercer should move away and leave normal people alone.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    'Go on take the money and run"
  • by Frances on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    This would be a great loss to the City of Washington.
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