Mount Carmel police chief resigns, cites ‘interference of aldermen into department affairs’

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MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. (WJHL)- Mount Carmel Police Chief Grady White has given the Board of Aldermen his two weeks notice.

His last day will be Friday, April 5.

His resignation comes after only 7 months on the job.

He was named interim, then chief, after former chief Jess Jackson retired.

White cites the interference of aldermen into department affairs as the reason for his resignation.

He also told News Channel 11 that he wasn’t allowed to make some decisions regarding the day-to-day running of the department due to the “personal agendas” of some aldermen.

“Mount Carmel is a good little town,” White told News Channel 11. If the board, if their ideas, were to help and promote the town, it would be good. It’s not that way.

White went on to say that the entire board wasn’t the problem. “There are some very good ones.”

According to White, situations involving District 1 Constable Bill Creasy, who’s currently under a felony indictment, and animal control officer Sherry Sexton, a close friend of Alderman Carl Wolfe, helped make his decision.

White said earlier this month, he decided that Creasy couldn’t participate in the police department in-service training due to pending criminal charges.

A Hawkins County grand jury indicted him in February on charges of official misconduct and official oppression. According to the presentment, the charges stem from a traffic stop on Aug. 15, 2018, when Creasy knowingly acted with the intent to obtain a benefit or harm another committed an act relating to his office or employment that constitutes an unauthorized exercise of official power.

White said there was pressure from the Board of Aldermen to overturn that decision.

The other reason for resigning deals with animal control officer Sherry Sexton. White said he recently appointed a supervisor over Sexton. However, White said alderman Carl Wolfe got involved, and White was advised to reverse the changes.

Mike Housewright, Mount Carmel’s city manager, told News Channel 11 that it’s likely that current assistant chief Ken Lunsford, Jr. will be named interim. Housewright said there will then be an assessment of what the department and city’s needs are before hiring begins.

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