Wingate police chief says he'll resign

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

After 16 years with the Wingate Police Department, Chief Barry Glass has chosen to resign.

He will end his position as chief next month and Captain James Hyatt of the Wingate Police Department will take over as interim chief.

Though he’s enjoyed his time with the Wingate Police Department, he’s choosing to resign in order to start a new career path, Glass said.

“This is just a time in my life when I want to take a different career direction,” he said.

His last official day with the department is planned to be May 23. He has been with the department almost 16 years and started out as a patrol officer before becoming chief.

“I started out as a patrol officer in 1997, actually I started out as a reserve patrol officer in early 1997 and got a full-time job in August of 1997, he said.

He originally decided to go into law enforcement in college after taking a few criminal justice classes. He later applied to be a member of the Wingate Police Department, he said.

“I’m from here, I love the town, I love the people in it and it was just a place I wanted to work and I’m glad I chose it for my law enforcement career,” Glass said.

Despite the stress a career in law enforcement can bring, he has enjoyed working with people in the town as well as fellow officers and others at the Wingate Police Department. Hyatt will take over as interim chief when he leaves and the Town of Wingate website currently lists an advertisement for the open chief position, he said.

Glass became chief of the Wingate Police Department about 12 years ago, Patrick Niland, Wingate’s town manger said.

The advertisement for the open police chief position is on the town’s website and he estimates that it will be around three or four months before a new police chief is chosen, Niland said.

“We have begun advertising for it (the police chief position), we will probably keep that open about a month to a month and a half,” he said.

Certain law enforcement certifications, a bachelor’s degree and experience in an upper management role are some of the requirements listed in the advertisement for the open police chief position. A full description of the position can be found on the town’s website, he said.

“I’m very respectful of Chief Glass,” Hyatt said.

While Glass has been with the department 16 years, he has been with the department 15 years and has often worked with Glass and learned a lot from him. He’s sad to hear about Glass’ resignation, he said.

“He’s a good guy and I was very fortunate to call him chief for a little while and I’m glad to call him my friend and I feel sure that we will keep a positive relationship over the next few years and I’m very sad to see him go,” Hyatt said.

There will be no gaps in service as a result of Glass’s resignation and he feels the department has a good foundation it can move forward on after Glass leaves. He looks forward to his new role as interim chief, he said.

For more information about the open Wingate Police Chief position visit www.townofwingatenc.gov.