The town of Pacolet hired Russell Lynch to protect and serve, but hours before his first day on the job, he served them with his resignation letter.
Lynch says he’s stepping down for what he describes as “unforeseen reasons”, including, control over the Police Departments Facebook page.
After more than 27 years of law enforcement experience, Russell Lynch says serving as the Chief of Police comes with accountability and responsibility.
Robert Morris, Pacolet’s Town Administrator says,
“I was surprised, especially being that he was going to start the next day, but that’s his decision and we’re going to move on.”
Five officers including the Chief, serve the 2,400 residents of Pacolet.
The top job will remain open for now.
In Lynch’s resignation letter, he pointed out that he didn’t want to be micro-managed, he mentioned concerns about who has access to and control of the police departments facebook page and the complaint process against employees.
He’s says he’s concerned that current practices would prevent him from building trust with his officers.
Russell says, “I really didn’t get the feel that in the future that those officer complaints would have been left in my lap to handle.”
Three applicants initially applied for the position of Police Chief.
It took about four months to narrow the search.
Current officers are protecting the people and the streets of Pacolet.
A sergeant will run the department until a new chief is hired.