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McCarthy Named New Police Chief In Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE — Thomas D. McCarthy was named Monday as the new policechief in Fayetteville.

McCarthy's hiring comes during a sensitive timefor the city.Last August, a racial discrimination suitinvolving former chief Ron Hanson raisedquestions about equality and fairness in thedepartment.

Some people like John Johnson were pulling forMichael Boykin, the second candidate Stancilwas considering.

"I'm a team player, and now we have a person we have to workwith them," Johnson says.

McCarthy says he is prepared to deal with those issues.

"[We want to] make sure that our recruiting is adequate inproviding an opportunity for everybody and makesure whatever decision we make is based onfairness," he says.

Fairness is what community activist Queen Degraphenreid saysshe is counting on.

"That ability to adapt to a culturally diversecommunity over and beyond being a good policeman," she says.

McCarthy says he is honored to serve thecity of Fayetteville. He says he and his family areanxious to be a part of the community.


Shani Blount, Reporter
David McCorkle, Photographer
Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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