TOWN MAY HIRE OFFICER FRIDAY
Candidates For Police
Chief Welcome Challenge
Of New Department
IIY TKRKY POPK
Both men in the running for the
I. eland police thief job say they ap
plied because they welcome the
challenge of organizing a new de
The Leland Town Council plans
to hire its first police chief at a spe
cial meeting Friday, July 26, 5 p.m.,
at the town hall.
The two candidates are Johnny
McCarthy of Wilmington and
Franklin Strickland of Durham.
lite board met in executive ses
sion for an hour last Thursday after
interviewing the two men in public,
but appeared to have reached no
consensus on whom to hire.
Council woman Jane Gilbert said
she expects the board will hire a
chief on a split vote.
"I already have a job," said
Strickland, 53. "It's an excellent
job, but I'm looking for ihc chal
lenge of being in a leadership role."
Strickland is a lieutenant with the
Durham Police Department and is
director of the Durham Police
Academy. Me is a 20-year veteran
of the U.S. Army and lias held posi
tions Willi the Durham police as pa
trolman, lire supervisor, detective,
uniform patrol sergeant, personnel
sergeant, recruiter and lieutenant in
his 1 1 years with the department.
He is presently a district lieu
tenant and supervises four sergeants
and 40 patrol officers. At limes dur
ing the past year, he has worked pa
trol as watch commander for per
sons on leave.
"If I'm going to do what 1 want
to do, 1 need to do it now," said
Strickland, who lives in Oxford.
"Durham is a nice place to work,
but 1 wouldn't want to live there;
there's too much crime," he joked
with board members.
Strickland said he would have no
problem living and working in a
small iown such as Leiand. Board
members look turns asking the can
didates questions from a prepared
West End Access Group
Collecting Legal Funds
BY douc; ruttkr
The group fighting for public ac
ccss to Holden Bcach's west end
started raising money to pay for its
five-year court battle when it met
Saturday for the first time in more
than a year.
Concerned Citizens of Brunswick
County has received S3 19 in dona
tions to help pay the group's
S10.540 attorney bill, said Ray
mond Cope, an original organizer of
"We've got a ways to go," Cope
said Monday. "We're asking anyone
and everyone who wants beach ac
cess to donate."
The organization filed a lawsuit
in 1986 against developers of the
Holden Beach West subdivision.
Holden Beach Enterprises blocked
the road leading to Shallotte Inlet
and the west-end beach strand in
Citing the road's traditional use.
Concerned Citizens asked the court
in the lawsuit to force the develop
ers to allow the public to continue
crossing the tract to get to the west
end of the island.
The group won a major legal vic
tory last month when the N.C.
Supreme Court reversed a lower
court ruling which favored the de
velopers and ordered a new trial.
Cope, who lives in Lexington and
resides part-time in the Holden
Bcach area, said about 30 people
came from as far away as Peoria,
111., to attend a meeting Saturday in
He anticipates a new trial will be
scheduled this fall in Brunswick
County Superior Court. Jim Max
well of Durham, who is represent
ing the group in the case, did not at
tend the meeting.
Vaiden P. Kendrick of Wilming
ton, one of the lawyers who is rep
resenting lloldcn Beach Enterprises
in the case, said he has not appealed
the June 12 Supreme Court ruling.
"At this point, nothing new has
been filed and that's where the mat
ter stands," Kendrick said Monday.
"I don't think 1 can get into what
my clients' intentions are."
Cope said the group has gotten
used to waiting during the ongoing
court battle. "It's just like it's been
for the past six years ? just wait and
see. We feel real good about it."
He said the main purpose of the
meeting Saturday was for members
to get reacquaintcd and hear details
of the latest court ruling.
Besides the beach access lawsuit.
Cope said the group also talked
about contacting the N.C. Depart
ment of Transportation about "No
Parking" signs along Ocean Boule
vard at Holden Beach.
Cope said parking isn't allowed
anywhere on the island's main
street, even next to public access
ways that were built to give people
a way of getting to the beach. "It's
to the extreme now, really," he said.
Cope said he thinks the public is
more concerned about bcach access
than it was when the Holden Beach
West lawsuit was filed five years
He said people are tired of paying
state and federal taxes when they are
unable to use the public beaches.
Slate Strategy Seminar
The director of training for the
North Carolina Democratic Party
will conduct a workshop outlining
political strategies for Brunswick
County area Democrats Thursday,
The workshop will begin at 7 p.m.
at the Brunswick County Democratic
Headquarters building on U.S. 17
across from the Brunswick Com
munity College campus. Is is open to
all interested party members from
the 7di District, which includes
Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland,
Robeson and Bladen counties, said
Ouida Heweil, ladies president lor
the 7th District.
The workshop leader has worked
on the campaigns of Li. Gov. Bob
Jordan and Harvey Gantt, who chal
lenged Jesse Helms for a scat in the
More information is available
from Crawford Hart, chairman of
the Brunswick County Democratic
Party, sponsor of the workshop. He
can be reached at 845-29XX (home)
or 7S4-K881) (headquarters).
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Strickland holds an advanced law
enforcement ccrtificatc and a bache
lor's degree in business. He grew up
on a larm in Columbus County.
"I think it's important that I have
experience in areas other than po
lite work," he told the board. "You
want to look at what a man puts into
a community as well as what he
takes Iroiri a community,**
Strickland said he prides hunsell
on being a manager and leader and
stays in physical condition by exer
Holden Gives $100
As Nolte Memorial
Holden Beach Commissioners
voted Monday lo give SI 00 to
Coastline Volunteer Rcscuc
Squad as a memorial lo Charlotte
Mrs. Noltc, a long-time resi
dent ol ihc island and former
chairperson of the planning and
zoning board, died Saturday in
Fredericksburg, Va., following
an extended illness.
"This bcach lost a valuable
citizen when they lost her," said
Commissioner Kenner Amos.
In other business Monday,
commissioners agreed to retain
Interim Town Manager Gus
Ulrich through Aug. 9.
Ulrich will help orient ihc new
town manager, Gary Parker, who
starts work Aug. 5. The town
board wants Ulrich to write a
lengthy memo to the new man
ager providing background infor
mation on ongoing projects.
Holden Fills Two
Holden Beach Commissioners
last week made appointments to two
They appointed Crawford Hart as
a regular member and Larry Boyle
as an alternate on die board of ad
justment and Judy Holden to the
board of elections.
Hart was promoted from an alter
nate to regular member to replace
Louise Greene, who resigned re
cently bccausc of a conflict with her
job. Boyte takes over Hart's place
as an alternate.
Mrs. Holden replaces Norma
Swarts, who resigned from the elec
tions board because her husband,
Sid Swarts, is running for town
commissioner this fall.
Commissioners made the unani
mous appointments during a special
meeting last Thursday.
Sales of used lumber and railroad
crosstics are resuming at Military
Ocean Terminal, Sunny Point, said
Myrtle D. Meade, spokesman.
A special sale of crossiies begins
today (Thursday), 8:30 a.m. lo I
p.m. Cost is S3 each.
Starting Thursday, Aug. I, and
continuing each Thursday until fur
ther notice, scrap lumber that mea
sures 7 feet or under will be sold
from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cord
"At limes in my career I've had
to light, arid i like to win." he said.
He practices an adaptive style of
leadership, he says, becausc "there
is no one style of leadership that
works for all occasions."
The town has budgeted SM),(XX)
for a police department for the
1991-92 fiscal year. Tlie board
plans to pay the new chicl an annual
salary of around S25.(XX).
Strickland said he would not
want to remain a one-man depart
ment for a number of years.
"1 wouldn't be able to accomplish
what I wanted to accomplish," he
McCarthy retired lour years ago
as a lieutenant with the New York
City Police Department, having
served 27 years, lie was head of his
department's internal allairs divi
sion and headed a stall ol I'M) offi
He is presently a consultant for
the Wilmington Police Department
and is working to renew his police
"I see this as a once in a lifetime
opportunity for most people," said
Mct'arihy, "to begin from scratch a
|H>lice department that will be a
mixlcl for other departments."
Leland's first police chief should
be someone who can relate well
with the community and remain
flexible while being both lirm anil
sensitive with individuals.
"I don't look at this position as a
stepping stone to anything else," he
said. "1 would expect to be here for
as long as you want me to be here."
McCarthy joined the New York
police force as a patrol officer and
advanced to detective, sergeant, su
pervisor of detectives, lieutenant
and captain in internal alfairs.
"I see this as probably the great
est challenge I've ever laced," he
told the council. "There's a tremen
dous amount of work that'll be in
volved. This is a job that's made for
McCarthy said he would remain a
one-man deparunent "lor as long as
"You must be flexible," lie added.
"You must he adaptable. II the mon
ey's not out there, you obviously
can't spend it."
The transition Ironi New York to
a smaller L.eland will not be that
difficult, ne said. New York pre
cincts operate like a number ol
small departments, he added.
"It's almost like working in a
small town." McCarthy said. "It's
not so large and impersonal as it
may seem. I honestly believe that
policing, is policing, is policing, no
matter where it is."
McCarthy said he last worked pa
trol 14 years ago, but added, "'lliat
was the best part ol my career."
A new chiel will still rely on the
help ol Brunswick County sherill's
deputies, he said.
"It would be a long time coming
before we'd be able to tell the slier
ill' that his services arc no longer
needed," said McCarthy.
Committee Of 1 00 Names 9 Directors
BY SUSAN USHKK
Nine directors representing a
cross-section of the area were elect
ed Tuesday by the South Brunswick
Islands Committee of 100, a non
profit group formed to help draw
suitable industries to the area.
Bobby Davis, industrial develop
er with Brunswick Electric Mem
bership Corp. and steering commit
tee member, said he's "anxious to
Serving with Davis will be Dr.
Lee Langslon, physician; Al Laugh
inghouse, banker; Carolyn Sweatt,
publisher; Davis Milligan, accoun
tant; Michael Cox, lawyer; Joe
Stanley, small business owner; Lar
ry Cheek, dentist; and Paula Stan
ley, small business owner.
By general consensus the mem
bership left it to the directors whe
ther to accept additional recommen
dations from a nominating commit
tee chaired by Tom Monks, execu
tive director of the Resources Devel
opment Commission for Brunswick
County, and including David Batten,
Larry Check and Joe Stanley.
They recommended adding ex of
ficio members to the board as well
as creation of five committees.
Batten said the idea behind the ex
officio appointments would be to
make sure "cornerstone" positions
in the county arc represented.
These would include the chair
men of the county board of com
missioners and board of education;
county manager; mayors; president
of Brunswick Community College;
president and executive director of
the South Brunswick Islands Cham
ber of Commerce; and president of
the Southport-Oak Island Commit
tee of 1(X).
However, Jim Lowell of Holden
Beach questioned whether such a
large number of members might im
pede the board's ability to gel its
work done. He suggested they
might serve better as resource peo
ple accessible to the board and its
working committees rather than as
The committee also recommend
ed naming Bill Stanley, Paul Den
nis, Steve Stanley, Odell William
son and Alan Holden as ex officio
members to serve as "advisors".
Standing committees recommend
ed were finance, sites and buildings,
education, government taxation and
quality of life.
As of the Tuesday cut-off the
Committee of 1 (K) had 117 charter
members, but will continue to ac
cept general memberships on a con
tinuing basis, said Davis. the Committee as a whole. 'AV'e
"We don't want to leave anyone want to get as many people in
out," said Davis after the meeting, volvcd as possible and to keep them
commenting on the nominating informed and to ensure geographic
committee's recommendations and representation."
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