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Knightdale police chief resigns

Posted April 6, 2012
Updated April 8, 2012

— Knightdale Police Chief and Public Safety Director Shawn Brown resigned Thursday, according to the town, but the reason was not released.

"I want to thank Shawn for his service to the town since 2009. This was a mutual decision, a difficult decision, and I wish Shawn and his family the very best going forward," Town Manager Seth Lawless said in a statement.

Brown will receive three months' salary, health insurance and accumulated vacation leave as severance, Lawless said. Assistant Police Chief Jason Godwin has been named interim chief of police.

Brown previously worked in Farmington, Conn., where he was a police sergeant and former captain of the Avon Fire Department.


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  • Rebelyell55 Apr 6, 2012

    In a week or so, we'll hear the "Rest of the story" . lol

  • rjcuddington Apr 6, 2012

    Dig your heels in Interim Chief Godwin -- keep everybody moving forward!!!

  • tayled Apr 6, 2012

    Almost forgot, ask some people in a couple of the residential subdivisions in the Knightdale ETJ about what happened a few years back when the town tried to annex them. Ask them about the heavy handed tactics the town used to try to get them within the city limits when they did not want it.

  • tayled Apr 6, 2012

    Knightdale is still getting plenty of money from Wendell and Zebulon residents who want to go to places like Lonestar, Best Buy, and Khols. People like joeBob are going to miss out on a lot of great things in life. Wake up call!

    I am in the area and will not go to either the Knightdale Lone Star or the Best Buy. I have had bad experiences at both in terms of the level, or lack thereof, of decent customer service at both of these establishments. I have been to other Lone Stars and Best Buys where I was treated much better, but the customer service level of these two in particular are consistently poor.

  • tayled Apr 6, 2012

    I live in Knightdale as well. have for the last 30 years. When I came to Knightdale, it was a nice place to live. People went out of their way to be courteous and I felt welcome. Not so much today. I actually moved out of the town proper years ago, but when I do go to places in town, the small town atmosphere that was once a hallmark, is gone. It's a sad commentary.

  • caniacrbc Apr 6, 2012

    It's funny to me how some of these people that comment think they are experts on the town of Knightdale. If you hate Knightdale then do what joeBob does and simply go around it. It's just less traffic for the people enjoying what the town has to offer. You think Knightdale needs your money? hahaha, Knightdale is still getting plenty of money from Wendell and Zebulon residents who want to go to places like Lonestar, Best Buy, and Khols. People like joeBob are going to miss out on a lot of great things in life.
    Wake up call!

  • cwmllc1952 Apr 6, 2012

    I live and work in Knightdale,have 4 driving daughters ( 19 to 36 years old) and a wife and none of us to date have had a ticket for anything. Nice place and good people.

  • joeBob Apr 6, 2012

    "He was the Public Safety Director, not the Police Chief."

    He was both and if you go to the Knightdale PD website you will see that and that the position is now vacant and they have named an interim chief.

    Knightdale is such a friendly place with all the red light cameras, speed traps and unmarked junkers that they use to pull people on 540. I will drive whatever distance I have to in order to avoid driving thru the Kdale jurisdiction. Business owners should take note that I go out of my way not to spend my money there either. Wake up call!

  • coras078 Apr 6, 2012

    I don't know much about Knightdale; however, have been in the building a couple of times and have always wondered about the lack of ethnic employees...have also heard about the relatives working...I don't see the problem with that as long as they aren't in the same department or supervising one or the other.

  • CarolinianByChoice Apr 6, 2012

    This shouldn't be a surprise; there've been issues with Town of Knightdale personnel lately with which Chief Brown has had at least a tangential connection. Several firefighters were relieved of duty after it was found they were related to other town personnel (one relation being Shawn Brown), discrimination allegations by a former police officer, results of a survey of town personnel indicating harassment was present but not reported in the workplace. I think the restriction against family members working for the Town stinks, especially when personnel are well qualified for a position or in the case that some of the fire fighters were VOLUNTEERS! He may have been made the fall guy to a political machine needing a scapegoat. Was interesting in the N&O he referred to the councilman & his housemate as “Terry and Matt” instead of Mr. Gleason & Mr. Wills. Familiarity didn’t seem to play a role in charges filed though. Will be intersting to see further details . .