JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The former police chief in Holly Ridge is moving to a new job with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.
Keith Whaley had been the town’s police chief for three years.
Town officials demoted him earlier this year following an investigation into a personnel matter.
Whaley told 9 On Your Side his demotion was due to a reprimand for unsatisfactory duties.
He said the matter related to his views pertaining to the enforcement of Governor Roy Cooper’s coronavirus restrictions on businesses.
Whaley is taking a position as a patrol deputy with the sheriff’s office.
His final day with the Holly Ridge Police is Friday, and he will start as an Onslow County deputy on July 7.