Lumberton officials searching for new chief - again

By HASKEL BURNS,

A little more than a month after Carlus Page was removed as chief of the Lumberton Police Department, the search is officially on for a new leader of the department.

Mayor Quincy Rogers said the Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted to open an order to advertise for the position during a recent board meeting.

“We haven’t received any applications as of yet – that process has just begun,” he said. “We would like to take our time and make sure that we search out the best candidate for the position, to get the best fit that we can for our city.”

Page was reclassified as a police officer Aug. 20 during a special-called board meeting, at which point Lumberton police officer Larry Allen was voted as interim chief of police. Allen will continue to serve as interim chief until a permanent chief is found.

“As far as I’m concerned – and I don’t have a vote – but I’m looking for the perfect person for the job,” Rogers said. “Whether he’s from (Lumberton Police Department), whether he’s from the next community over, I’m just looking for the perfect person for Lumberton.”

Calls to Page were not returned.

Page was sworn in during an April special-called meeting, after former chief Shane Flynt resigned when a video surfaced of Flynt reportedly smoking marijuana.

After being named chief, Page said his top goals were to establish a police substation, instill pride for the town in its residents, start a crime suppression unit and serve more warrants on offenders. In his first month as chief, two arrests were made that brought attention to the Lumberton police force: a man accused of transporting 4-5 pounds of marijuana in a former Newton County Sheriff’s Department vehicle, and another case which involved a local newborn who tested positive for methamphetamine.

“I think we are right on track and we’re going to have a great department with a lot of great potential,” Page said in an earlier story. “We are still just starting to get the right pieces in the right places.”

Rogers said there was no reason given as to why Page was reclassified.

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