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Chapel Hill’s New Police Chief Out, Health Reasons to Blame

Posted June 27, 2007

— Chapel Hill’s new police chief, Tom McCarthy, will not be taking the position due to health reasons, the town manager announced Wednesday night.

McCarthy was supposed to be sworn in to his new position Wednesday, but he was unable to meet the "standard," a physical exam required by North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards.

Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil made the announcement Wednesday and read an excerpt from a letter McCarthy sent him.

"As you know, I have worked hard to keep myself in shape and be ready for this great opportunity. I am very disappointed that I was unable to meet the standard," McCarthy wrote. "However, I believe it is most important that I follow my doctor's advice and address my health issues of hypertension. If I can ever be of assistance to you or the department, please let me know. I wish you and the Town the very best."

Stancil said he will begin looking for a replacement. For now, Major Brian Curran will continue to serve as the Interim Police Chief, he said.


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  • dianadarling Jun 29, 2007

    Anybody else find it interesting that Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are looking for police chiefs??

  • FragmentFour Jun 28, 2007

    Sidekick--" I think he made a wise choice. If he has high blood pressure now, wait til he had to work with the town council for while."


  • Sidekick Jun 28, 2007

    I think he made a wise choice. If he has high blood pressure now, wait til he had to work with the town council for while.

  • podtalk Jun 28, 2007

    He wasn't going to stay but 5 years anyway.

  • Adelinthe Jun 28, 2007

    Poor guy!

    Praying for him and his family.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ljcs357 Jun 28, 2007

    LOL!!!...He kinda looks like the dad off that movie "Tommy Boy"

  • Tripwire Jun 28, 2007

    CT yankee - That being the case it is wise that he not take the Chiefs position. It's definitely a high stress job. I hadn't seen the N&O article.

  • CT Yankee Jun 28, 2007

    According to the story in the News & Observer, Chief McCarthy has already had two heart attacks. It's very possible that his doctor told him that the next one was likely to kill him and that the stress of the new job would greatly increase the chances of that 3rd attack. It certainly wouldn't surprise me if that were the case.

  • Tripwire Jun 28, 2007

    There has to be more to the story here. The police chief is an administrative offficer hired for his experience. He doesn't ever have to leave his office unless he just wants to. Older officers usually graduate to supervisory or investigative positions and let the young officers do all the running and gunning. Where I was from, Physical test are usually graduated based on age. You can't expect a 50 year old officer to be able to do everything a 21 year old officer can do.

  • OLD PIRATE Jun 28, 2007

    Sounds like an ADA issue for a Chief. If he is good, they should try to keep him on...If its political (Chapel Hill?)he's out.