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Four Halifax jailers resign

Posted July 21, 2011

— Four Halifax County jailers have resigned, officials said Thursday.

Chief jailer Melita Payton and jail supervisor Lee Cofield were among those who resigned on July 14. Mark Murphy and Randy West also resigned.

Sheriff Jeff Frazier told WRAL News that the resignations were forced, but had nothing to do with criminal activity.


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  • AddingMy2Cents Jul 22, 2011

    Here's a little more to story...http://rrspin.com/News-from-Roanoke-Rapids-Weldon-and-Halifax-County/Four-county-jail-staff-members-resign.html

  • joni1439 Jul 22, 2011

    To bad people weren't saying there were two sides to every story when the correctional officer was being thrown under the bus by the DOC.

  • dollibug Jul 22, 2011

    Well....I am sure that is a lot more to this story than has been reported....either they could NOT doing their job or they were doing something that was not required....there is always 2 sides to everything....and then there is what really happened...

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 22, 2011

    Actual they may still get unemployment benefits, just might take longer or some pentality. Since it's a personnel matter we really won't know.

  • chevybelair57sd Jul 22, 2011

    So was it political??

  • Windmill Tilter Jul 22, 2011

    Jeff Frazier doesn't do things like that without a real good reason.

  • AddingMy2Cents Jul 22, 2011

    Do you think they were told to resign rather than get fired? Maybe they were notified of the improper release of an inmate from Odom Prison and did nothing about it....or maybe they were found to never had issued a detainer when they should have. I could be wrong but I think this is a result of the inmate being released from Odom prison when he should have been sent to Halifax jail.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 22, 2011

    As I understand it, if you resign you're not eligible for unemployment benefits, but it looks better on your resume. If you're fired, you can collect on it, but good luck getting another job.

  • bigpinkstork Jul 22, 2011

    Forced resignation probably means no unemployment benefits. Of course, being fired for cause would also mean no unemployment benefits. What benefit would there be to resigning? Must be some significant backstory here . . .

  • RaleighPirate Jul 22, 2011

    When does forced mean resignation?