Dunn police chief to retire amid controversy


DUNN, N.C. (AP) — City officials say that Dunn Police Chief Jimmy Pope will retire from his position this summer, although Rose says he is being forced out.

Pope told news outlets in a statement that he was being “being forced to retire,” effective July 1. He will be on vacation until then.

Dunn City Manager Ronald Autry, though, disputes that characterization. Autry tells the Fayetteville Observer (http://bit.ly/1OeofHp ) he had been talking with Pope for months about the possibility of him retiring as police chief.

Dunn City Councilman William Barfield says Pope had been with the department since 1982 and chief since 2014.

Barfield says the department has about 40 police officers.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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