Greensboro, N.C., Police Chief David A. Wray resigned yesterday amid turmoil over a “secret police” unit, irregularities in personnel matters and an independent report investigating possible misconduct on the part of some department leaders, says the Greensboro News-Record. Assistant Chief Tim Bellamy was named acting chief. His departure came after City Manager Mitchell Johnson changed the locks on the chief’s office and told media Wray needed to gain access through him. The city attorney’s office had commissioned a report by a consulting firm charged with investigating claims of internal racial profiling by the Special Intelligence Section.
The consulting firmy, Risk Management Associates, was paid $140 an hour to help interview officers, review documents, and conduct lie detector tests. The Greensboro Police Officer’s Association had long criticized the chief for what they say was his refusal to heed concerns over patrol schedules, among other issues. “His administration has been in trouble for quite some time, so it doesn’t surprise us at all,” said association spokesman William Hill said. “It is time now to move forward with the business of protecting the public and getting behind the new chief.”