NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The feud between New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey and Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous is far from over.
A lot of questions are surrounding the announcement of the two departments' break-up, such as, will the public's safety be compromised, will things ever be worked out, will the split cause tax payers money? Monday Sheriff Causey and Police Chief Evangelous announced they will no longer be working together, by the request of the sheriff.
Causey tells NewsChannel 3 he has tried to work with Chief Evangelous to form a drug and gang task force between the WPD and Sheriff's Office. He says Evangelous turned him down on all of his offers. Causey also says the lack of cooperation from Chief Evangelous is costing tax payers money, because both departments often perform separate investigations into the same suspects.
"It's a territorial thing, and he feels like there is one man trying to get in his territory," New Hanover County resident Joy Fulmer said. "And I'm sure it's making him feel like he's not doing a good job and someone's trying to cut in on that. I'm not sure how they could handle that with all the testosterone going on."
The sheriff says he cancelled the mutual aid between the departments because of complaints his office got about Wilmington officers giving people tickets outside city limits. Starting May 15 Wilmington Police officers will have no authority outside of their jurisdiction.
We requested a comment from the chief of police regarding his alleged refusal to work with the sheriff's office. We have not received a call back.