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Waynesville police chief to retire in June

For the first time in more than 20 years, Waynesville will soon have a new police chief For the first time in more than 20 years, Waynesville will soon have a new police chief Town of Waynesville photo

Longtime Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed will retire in June after more than 20 years at the helm of the Waynesville Police Department. 

On May 1, Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown and Town Manager Rob Hites were presented a letter from Hollingsed indicating his intent to retire on June 30. Hollingsed wrote, “Since Feb. 1, 1999, I have had the distinct privilege of being the Chief of Police for the Town of Waynesville. Throughout that time, I have served with a remarkable group of men and women who daily demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of Waynesville. Through their devotion to duty and sense of service, our town is, beyond a doubt, one of the greatest places to live and work.”

“I have also been afforded the opportunity to work and partner with many of the exceptional department heads and other town employees over the past 20 years. In addition, I have enjoyed the working relationships built with area public safety leaders and many outstanding community and business members. These individuals have truly made a difference in our community.

“Over the past several months as I have reflected upon this awesome opportunity and honor, my family and I have made the decision that it is time for me to transition to a new segment of my life and to allow a new Chief to lead the Waynesville Police Department. It is my intention to retire on June 30, 2019.”

Brown praised Hollingsed for the important role he has played in the police department’s history, including his extensive work related to the opioid crisis and the STOP Act legislation.    

Captain Brian Beck will serve as the Interim Police Chief beginning July 1. A state-wide search will be completed and an assessment center held to determine the next chief. 

A retirement reception is being planned and details will be made public when finalized.

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