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Police Chief Fired in Taylortown, but Lawsuit Promised

Posted March 8, 2007

The police chief is out in Taylortown, but the small-town intrigue in the Moore County community is unlikely to be over.

Chief Timothy Blakeley said Thursday that his attorney told him that state law says a 2-2 Town Council vote Wednesday night plus silence from Mayor Ulysses S.G. Barrett Jr. constitutes a 3-2 vote for a resolution to fire Blakeley.

Blakeley will clean out his desk, but he also will dot all the I’s and cross all the t’s in the administrative process to make sure he gets all his benefits, he said. He also said he will sue the town and has retained attorney John W. Roebuck, Jr.

Meanwhile, all files on homicide and other serious cases will go the State Bureau of Investigation for safe-keeping, the chief said.

The SBI is familiar with Taylortown because SBI agents arrested Barrett Feb. 22 on misdemeanor charges that he violated state laws barring public officers or employees benefiting from public contracts and mayors and councilmen acting as managers.

Barrett is accused of illegally contracting with the town to do work. Blakeley has said projects were unfinished.

Blakeley said the resolution to fire him had four main points:

  • The chief did not keep the elected officials informed about some cases.
  • He did not park police cruisers in high-profile areas to deter crime.
  • He was unprofessional when he told the town it was illegal to operate a John Deer Gator vehicle on public streets.
  • He treated the police department as an autonomous entity.

Barrett has refused to speak with the media since his arrest.

Taylortown, which has fewer than 1,000 people, is adjacent to Pinehurst.


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  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    I now leave the disscussion to Bryan and Ron to censure !

    Have at me Boys !

  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    WATERBOY ; You hit the nail on the head !

  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    psycho ; my money would be that the loss of the street corners was a loss of income for " Usless Barrette " !

  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    SNAKE ; the SBI was heads up on this and siezed all the records in the chiefs' office before the Mayor could !

  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    starcraft ; they Mayor has done the same thing to the last 3 chief's op police !

  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    tarheel , the answer to your question is because they are related to him !

  • ridgerunner Mar 9, 2007

    The mayor is guilty of misdeeds so they fire the police chief?

  • Lizard Paw Mar 9, 2007

    Police need to be autonomous or you have crooked politicians using them just like in this case. Glad he sent the files to the SBI.

    They need to have elections about every 30 days in that town. Only way to hold anybody accountable.

  • Im Not Jeff Mar 9, 2007

    Da Chief is just trying to survive like he did in Southern Georgia when Jeffrey almost broke his neck. John told him that two bit town was no good and he needed to leave it alone a couple years ago. Good luck Chief.

  • Wildman Mar 9, 2007

    ok....let's hear all the tree huggers crying and whining about how hard and dangerous a job the cop has...ya'll know ya wanna make excuses for him...let the sniffling commence...I have a towel.