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McCarthy Named New Police Chief In Fayetteville

Posted May 7, 2001 10:28 a.m. EDT

— Thomas D. McCarthy was named Monday as the new police chief in Fayetteville.

McCarthy's hiring comes during a sensitive time for the city. Last August, a racial discrimination suit involving former chief Ron Hanson raised questions about equality and fairness in the department.

Some people like John Johnson were pulling for Michael Boykin, the second candidate Stancil was considering.

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

McCarthy says he is prepared to deal with those issues.

"[We want to] make sure that our recruiting is adequate in providing an opportunity for everybody and make sure whatever decision we make is based on fairness," he says.

Fairness is what community activist Queen Degraphenreid says she is counting on.

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

McCarthy says he is honored to serve the city of Fayetteville. He says he and his family are anxious to be a part of the community.