Greg Bolen has resigned as Chief of the Hillsville Police Department.
According to Hillsville Town Manager Retta Jackson, Bolen turned in his letter of resignation on Monday, June 30. The letter served as Bolen’s two-weeks’ notice, Jackson said, with July 16 set to be his last day on the job. Jackson said Bolen’s resignation certainly came as a shock, at least to her.
“I was very surprised to receive the letter,” Jackson said. “For everyone else, I am not sure, but I would say not anyone was expecting that.”
Bolen took over as Hillsville’s Police Chief on December 1, 2012. Prior to Bolen’s tenure, long-time Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams resigned from the post in June of 2012. In between William’s resignation and Bolen’s hiring, Jason Hawks filled in as Interim Police Chief for the town’s police department. Jackson was unsure if the Town of Hillsville would again implement an interim police chief until a new one can be hired to replace Bolen.
“I am not quite sure. They haven’t relayed to me yet if they would have an acting chief,” Jackson said, referring to Hillsville Town Council. “He turned in his resignation and I don’t know anything else at this point. I am sure they (Town Council) will let me know what the next steps are.”
Hillsville Mayor Greg Crowder said he was still in shock Tuesday morning over the news.
“I am just very sad about the resignation,” Crowder said. “Right now, I am so caught off-guard by this I am not sure what are going to do. We are probably going to have to meet and come to a decision on that.”
Tuesday, July 1 started the first day of a new two-year cycle for Hillsville Town Council with newly elected Councilman Bill Tate beginning his duties in the Sulphur Springs Ward. Hillsville Town Council is not scheduled to meet again until Monday, July 14. Asked if a special meeting may be called to discuss the situation, Crowder said he had not been asked to call one yet, but would do so if asked by council members.
“People love Greg, and more importantly, the kids love him. When I hired him I knew he would make a difference with people on the west side of town, and he did,” Crowder said. “I know three people me and him working together have helped get off drugs. I know of three or four kids he has got on the right track, talking to them and ministering to them. Stuff like that, you can’t put a price on it.”