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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The final weekend of summer will be a short-staffed one for the Public Safety Department at Bald Head Island.

The Village of Bald Head Island fired five members of the joint police and fire department yesterday. Leaders say the five men were fired yesterday for violations of village policy.

An attorney for one of the men fired says the dismissals stem from a series of text messages shared among the five fired men, two other employees and a former Bald Head Island employee.

Now the question is will there be enough public safety staff for the holiday weekend.

According to their termination letters, Ofc. Donald Koons, Lt. Nick Terrell, Lt. Thomas Cannon and Ofc. Herbert Bryant were fired yesterday for violating policies related to harassment and sexual harassment, discourteous treatment of coworkers and inappropriate electronic communications.

Ofc. Jesse Conner was fired for cause for discourteous treatment and inappropriate electronic communications.

“The actions of these officers constituted a violation of our internal policies, and although not criminal in nature, we determined that the acts were sufficiently harmful to warrant termination,” Village Manager Calvin Peck said in a statement. “I applaud Dr. Caroline Mitchell, our Director of Public Safety, for putting the interests of her employees ahead of public opinion. Leadership is defined in moments like this when the right path must take precedent over the easy path.”

The five dismissals represent about a quarter of the public safety department’s staff. Still spokeswoman Karen Ellison says the village has adequate staff to continue all operations and will replace the officers.

Sam Potter, the attorney for Lt. Terrell says the messages were of a private nature and on private cell phones, but wound up in the hands of supervisors. He says according to his client, one of the other employees involved was reprimanded while the other was not.

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2016 years 2 months ago

I would like to repost a comment from two years ago, It is still true today.

Maybe there should be a suspension and investigation done on the village Manager. There have been things happen over the last several years that do not seem to be ethical or legal. From what I have heard, if things dont go Calvin Peck’s way he will develop a personal vendetta against you until you quit or he can find something to fire you for. Appartently this is what is happening to Chief Munna now. I wonder if this is the managers sneaky way to push… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I am not sure where you live or what your relationship is to Bald Head d, but you do not know what you are talking about. I wonder if you are troll.

Robert W.
2016 years 2 months ago

I would like to congratulate Bald Head Island for getting rid of this bunch of losers. They have continuously proven themselves to be a menace to all people on the Island. I hope they don’t end up in another position where the can continue to wreak havoc like they did on Bald Head Island.

Donald Koons, Herbert Bryant, Jesse Conner, Lt. Nick Terrell, and Lt. Thomas Cannon always have been and always will be a nuisance to society.

m ridgeway
2016 years 2 months ago

The question that should be asked: How and why did the climate change in the department that led to this behavior?

2016 years 2 months ago

Everyone is aware that they aren’t just police officers. They do rotations between police, firefighter, and ems. I think its every month or 3 months. But they are much more than just cops. They did 3 jobs at one time. Had to maintain 3 diff job qualifications. They aren’t easy to replace either. Hang in there Nick, the truth will come out!

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