The City of Hamlet has released reasons for firing former Hamlet Police Chief John Haywood.
Hamlet City Manager Marchell David, in an email delivered to the Daily Journal today, said that Haywood was terminated for “failure in performance of duties” and “misuse and gross negligence in the handling of city funds and property.”
She went on to explain the circumstances.
“These are the events that lead up to the dismissal,” she wrote. “The chief’s approval of the disposition of city property (seized vehicles). The failure to keep accurate records of financial transactions in the police department. The failure to run all financial matters through the proper channels.”
According to David, Haywood was extended the offer to resign but he refused.