FIRST ON 3: Chadbourn Chief: ‘I haven’t quit’

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Submitted: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 4:45am
Updated: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 2:16pm

CHADBOURN, NC (WWAY) — Chadbourn’s police chief says he has not quit his job despite reports to the contrary.

Steven Shaw says with a new town council coming in, he understands if he’s no longer wanted, but that the town has not yet accepted the terms he gave for his resignation nor has he signed an agreement.

“I have done nothing that would be reason to resign or be fired,” Shaw told WWAY in a phone interview this afternoon. “I have given them terms that I would accept.”

Just a few minutes before our conversation with Shaw, Town Manager Stevie Cox told WWAY Shaw had resigned “to pursue other opportunities.” Cox said the town had planned a formal announcement next week that Shaw would work until the end of December.

Chadbourn Mayor Fax Rector says Shaw turned in his resignation last Thursday.

“Steven is in the midst of turning in his stuff, and moving onto bigger and better things,” Rector said.

But Rector said Shaw still needs to sign his letter of resignation.

“If he doesn’t sign his letter of resignation, he’s terminated,” Rector said.

Cox says in the meantime, Shaw is staying on to do administrative work, while Capt. Bob Mumblow, who Cox says was Chadbourn’s chief about a decade ago, is now handling the day-to-day operations of the police department.

Shaw says as captain, Mumblow routinely handles day-to-day duties as Shaw catches up on administrative work. Shaw says right now he is still police chief.

All this comes weeks after Shaw damaged his town car by reportedly backing into a bush. He says afterward, Cox, his boss, told Shaw he did not have to take a drug test as is required under town policy, but Shaw says Mayor Fax Rector is trying to make an issue of it.

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17 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Chadbourn Chief: ‘I haven’t quit’"

2015 years 8 months ago

I truly hate to see Steven go because he truly blessed my family when my father passed away. Any time a police chief can give his heart and soul to a family and blend right in and become one of them he’s a great man in my eye. You awesome Stephen Shaw and my family and I are truly grateful to you.!!!
May God Bless You and Keep You.!!!

Guest Reply Redux
2015 years 8 months ago

“I don’t understand this. Getting fired, for backing into a bush. The mayor needs a better reason then that.” (Unquote)

He backed into Laura Bush, P. Avenger…Georges wife. She was there visiting an old friend whom was a Democrat!

glenn davis
2015 years 8 months ago

LlIt does not matter what the case is within the city of chadbourn. There are under the table deals that happen here all the time. There is no more justice in the judicial system. Its become big business. If your home gets broken into and you wife is violated, they will tell you they dont have the manpower and resources to take care of your situation. But if you are rushing home to protect your family they will have a couple cars to stop you and issue you a citation for speeding. Serving and protecting the public is an expence. Traffic citations and driving offences bring capital dollars to the city, county and state. Its all about the dollar now. No one rides through the neighborhood cheking on the elderly and just protecting the people anymore. We use to be public servants now they are political robots that bully the public. All of us need the protection our tax dollars pay for. Doesnt make good common sence to purchase something that is harming the people it is suppose to protect. I hope the best for mr Shaw. I can remember 20 years or so ago chadourn had a chief that was a people chief. He devoted his career to serving the public and protecting the people. I remember the paper reading something like we are going to fire him no matter what it cost. And they did. I also remember the chief saying, even though everyone knew it was racially motivated, its ok ill move on. And he did. Chief Kelly Roggers was a good man and a people kind of guy. Devoted and always on the job. The hidden humor here thats not funny at all is, everyone that took part in getting rid of mr Roggers is in the grave or find themselves in situations like you are seeing now. Let me close with some insite and tell the good people of chadbourn, your old chief is retiring from duty over 30 years of faithfully, unblemished service protecting people and hasnt forgot but has forgiven. If i was a betting man and i am, if the position was offered he jusy may accept it. And if i was a bettng man i think he would assemnle his people to make chadbourn a safer place to live. We did it before and left people with their dignity. Thank you for your time. Glenn davis

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand this. Getting fired, for backing into a bush. The mayor needs a better reason then that.

Something tells me there’s a hidden agenda here, and it’s just not right. All officers in NC need Civil Service Protection.

Civil Service Protection is not a Union Thug mentality. All it says is: before a cop is demoted, or fired, it has to be for a written reason, that he has a right to challenge, in public, before a voluntary board, independent of the city.

It’s so wrong, that hundreds of cops in NC are pushed out, for unwritten, small town, political reasons. And, for the record, all the firing source has to say is: “it’s a internal matter”, or “his services were no longer needed.”

A incompetent, lazy, or crooked cop, needs to be fired. And Civil Service will not protect a cop from a well documented reason. But please give us a better reason, then “backing into a bush”. If it wasn’t for a cop losing his livelihood, this would be a joke.

I hope the City Council in Chadburn will make sure the right thing is done, in this matter.

2015 years 8 months ago

I think they should hire Justin H. Hewett AKA (Jason) Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Would you please go away again?

2015 years 8 months ago

Coming from someone who can’t even spell Chadbourn…..

concerned citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Considering this pathetic excuse for governance is taking is in a county which has been the gateway for millions of dollars of heroin traffic (see Petey Powell’s book )everyone needs to be concerned. Drugs and gangs are going to turn your sleepy little villages into war zones and you’ll be lucky not to find bodies hanging from the new courthouse annex in a few years. While politics continue as usual.

former resident
2015 years 8 months ago

Just another small town in this part of the state that is poorly led and poorly run and can’t stay out of its own way.

2015 years 8 months ago

What this community needs is prayer!!!!!! Remember God still has the authority here just tell Satan he has to flee. I know this town was built on love & there is still a lot of it there I’m sure. Thank you’re officers for the protection they give to you & you’re families the next time you see them.

annoying person
2015 years 8 months ago

Many people who live there can’t spell anything. You’ve got a county commissioner who can’t read contracts for the 911 communications upgrades.

2015 years 8 months ago

I don’t know what a Chadbourne is, but Chadbourn is a little rinky dink town in Columbus County.

2015 years 8 months ago

What the heck is a Chadbourne anyway???

2015 years 8 months ago

which one is NOT telling the truth????

2015 years 8 months ago

A little slow I’d say or a day late and a dollar short, To Steven Shaw and not the Chief of Police nor have you ever been the Chief but just a waste of tax payees dollars, how about this Mr. I haven’t Quit, you are right because you never started how about pay our town back from all them days you missed work and the other days you took up space, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. You want to call this a Chiefs work schedule. I bet the Police officers are so much happier now knowing that you are history I also bet they will never even miss you, well except for a couple or three if you count the k-9 but it’s not the dogs fault if we still have one I’m not really sure anymore cause I hear that it’s only for his personal protection remember the dog belongs to the Town of Chadbourn ,put him to work. Chief Stevie Coward Cox /The Town Manager that can’t studder over and get his man in Check it’s to late to grow a set because YOU ARE NEXT!!!!!!!! Trust that you should leave quietly or you will be an even greater embarrassment to The TOWN Of CHADBOURN you have NO idea how the whole entire Town feels About you 2 rejects.

2015 years 8 months ago

I hate to see Steven go, he’s one of the few good guys. If you think Chadbourn is bad now, wait a few months and see what you have.

2015 years 8 months ago

That’s what I want to be when I grow up daddy. A LEO in Chadbourn. My goodness move to close by Fayetteville and get a real job.