North, S.C. — A small South Carolina town is without a police force after a dispute between officers and the mayor caused the entire department to resign.
For 14 years and through two different mayors, Mark Fallaw was the police chief for the town of North. That career came to an end on Dec. 1 when he resigned, stating issues with the new mayor, Patty Carson.
“For her to be directing procedures that were contrary to national standards,” said Fallaw, “that was going to cause a problem. So I just said it was best for me probably to step down.”
Fallaw says Carson issued a gag order on the department saying they were not able to speak to media members and she would handle all requests. Fallaw says the new mayor also requested a two-week notice on any public appearances and also wanted to monitor incoming and outgoing department emails.