To the editor:
My family was born and raised in Hamlet. I have always loved this city and what it stood for. But over the last 21 or 22 months, I have seen and heard some of the worst excuses for people who have been responsible for some really harsh accusations against a good man. That man, of course, is former police chief John Haywood.
I had to listen to the former city council (not all in agreement, by the way) plus the city manager try to make a case against this man and ultimately put his family through such horrific, unnecessary pain.
I listened to he former city council (again, not all in agreement) talk about things that we all knew were not true. I felt embarassed, angry and — most of all — ashamed at what I was hearing. So much so, in fact, that I had to leave at one point because I was so disgusted.
John was investigated over and over and tested to the limit, and yes, he passed with flying colors.
This man gave 20 years of service to the city of Hamlet and its people, and he did a great job. I just want to say what a good man he is and what a great family he has. We all know what faith is, and this family has pulled together, supported each other and relied on their faith to pull them through this difficult time. I am so proud to know them.
I’m also proud of the people of Hamlet for voting in a new city council and mayor. I have great trust in them to make Hamlet once again the city we all want and need, a city in which we can take pride.
I am positive that justice will be done and Hamlet will move forward in the right direction.
Robbie Wright Adcock