Community Leaders Want Answers After Mooresville Police Chief Put on Leave

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Community leaders are demanding answers about an investigation into the Mooresville Police Chief.

The interim town manager placed Chief Damon Williams and a Police Captain on paid administrative leave on June 3rd.

Members of the South Iredell NAACP spoke out in front of town commissioners on Monday night. They say the community needs to know more about what’s happened to the police chief.

“We’re interested in what they’re finding. Even if it’s preliminary,” explains NAACP District Director Amos McClorey.

Several people showed up at the Mooresville Town Commissioners meeting on Monday night to show support for the Chief.

“I’m a little disheartened in the way that Mooresville is actually handing the situation. They’re trying to keep it quiet,” says South Iredell NAACP President Rev. Curtis Johnson.

According to a town spokesperson, the Chief’s leave is considered a personnel matter and is not based on any allegation of criminal activity.

WCCB Charlotte confirmed the investigation involves claims of a hostile work environment.

Local NAACP leaders worry it may be some type of retaliation for another internal investigation.

“If the guy hadn’t did anything wrong other than just ruffle some of the feathers on some of the good ‘ole boys, then we got a problem with that,” McClorey says.

Town officials say state law prevents them from disclosing anything else, but say the action was taken pending the final review of an internal investigation being conducted by an outside agency.

“Him being the only African-American at that level of management here in Mooresville, no other African-American is at that level. So it’s little concerning to us what happened,” McClorey says.