North Carolina Police Chief Mike Halstead has retired after a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facebook post written on Sept. 3, 2015, where he referred to them as a ‘terrorist group’.
His retirement was approved Tuesday by town council during an emergency meeting called earlier in the day by Mayor Zander Guy.
Police One Reports:
SURF CITY, N.C. — Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead’s retirement was approved Tuesday by town council during an emergency meeting called earlier in the day by Mayor Zander Guy.
Halstead’s retirement comes a day after the president of the state chapter of the NAACP and other leaders said they were meeting this week to discuss their response to a Facebook post written Sept. 3 by Halstead.
As Halstead stormed out of Surf City’s Town Hall Tuesday, a resident who showed up to voice her support for him yelled out, “We support you!”
“Well good, because nobody else does,” Halstead said as he marched out of the door.
The council approved Maj. Ron Shanahan as the interim chief and the town also approved severance pay for the next 60 days for Halstead until he can start collecting his retirement pay.
The motion for Halstead’s retirement approval was made by Councilman Donald Helms with a second by Mayor Pro-Tem Douglas Medlin.
Surf City Town Manager Larry Bergman said Halstead had previously informed the town he would be retiring this year, but after the Sept. 3 Facebook post “the town council, they agreed it is probably a good move for the chief to consider (retirement).”