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

Posted June 27, 2007 9:00 p.m. EDT

— 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.