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Weaverville, December 18, 2018 – Town Manager Selena Coffey has announced her appointment of Ron Davis as Weaverville’s new Chief of Police. Davis, current Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher, North Carolina, will begin his employment with the Town of Weaverville on Tuesday, January 2, 2019.
Davis, who has served as Assistant Police Chief for Fletcher Police Department for almost eight years, will fill the role being vacated by retiring Police Chief Alan Wyatt. Davis holds an advanced law enforcement certification and is a certified criminal investigator. He is a police instructor at Blue Ridge Community College and has had numerous roles in law enforcement, including as a police officer, a criminal investigator for the 29B District Attorney’s office, Sheriff’s Department detective, and has served as an international police advisor. Davis is also a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Army National Guard and as a paratrooper and sergeant of an airborne infantry squadron.
Asked to provide a statement about his new role, Chief Davis, stated, “I am deeply humbled and honored for the opportunity to be part of the fine men and women of the Weaverville Police Department. I appreciate the confidence Manager Selena Coffey has in me and I want to continue to build on the success of those dedicated professionals who have come before in the service of their community. I am committed to be open and approachable any time my community needs me or has a question. I look forward to serving the businesses and citizens of Weaverville and hope to speak to all of you soon.”
Town Manager Selena Coffey stated, “We are looking forward to having Chief Davis onboard. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience and is very enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve our Town of Weaverville. Welcome to the team!”
In an effort to keep everyone safe, Town offices will open on a delayed schedule, at 10:00am on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Garbage collection will resume on Tuesday. We would like to thank everyone for your understanding during the inclement weather.
Town of Weaverville offices are closed today, Monday, December 10, 2018, due to inclement weather and road conditions. Garbage collection scheduled for today is rescheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018.
Buncombe County – The Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County has issued the following declaration in relations to this weekend’s weather:
WHEREAS, Buncombe County is under imminent threat of a severe winter storm which is expected to impact the area beginning Saturday afternoon December 8, 2018.
WHEREAS, Governor Roy Cooper has signed a State of Emergency declaration allowing him to mobilize resources including State emergency management, transportation, health experts and others in preparation for probable impacts resulting from this winter storm, and which will influence public safety and transportation over the next several days.
WHEREAS, it is anticipated that 13 or more inches of snow may fall in Buncombe County between Saturday, December 8, 2018 and Monday, December 10, 2018.
WHEREAS, in the judgment of Buncombe County Emergency Management personnel, arrangements must be made immediately to implement plans for the prevention of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from any and all emergency situations that may result from the impacts of this storm.
WHEREAS, the implementation of such Emergency Management plans will allow sufficient personnel to be mobilized and positioned in order to:
a) Reduce vulnerability of people and property of Buncombe County to damage, injury, and loss of life and property;
b) Prepare for prompt and efficient rescue, care, and treatment of threatened or affected persons;
c) Coordinate with state and federal agencies for the orderly rehabilitation of persons and restoration of property; and
d) Provide for cooperation and coordination of activities relating to emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery among agencies and officials of Buncombe County, and with similar agencies and officials of other counties, with state and federal governments, with interstate organizations, and with other private and quasi-official organizations.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority contained in Ch. 21, Buncombe County Code of Ordinances and Article 1A of the N.C.G.S. Chapter 166A, the Board of Commissioners, do hereby declare a Local State of Emergency for Buncombe County starting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.
By and with the consent of the mayors of the municipalities within Buncombe County this Declaration of Local State of Emergency applies within the municipal limits of the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Town of Woodfin, the Town of Black Mountain, the Town of Montreat, and the Town of Biltmore Forest.
It is further declared that the Emergency Management Plan adopted by Buncombe County, and that all applicable mutual assistance compacts and agreements are in effect and shall remain in effect until this Declaration expires or is rescinded. All emergency management personnel are hereby ordered to cooperate in the implementations of the provisions of the County’s Emergency Management Plan and all applicable mutual assistance compacts and agreements, and to furnish assistance thereunder.
We direct that copies of this Declaration be disseminated to the mass communications media for publication and broadcast, and that a copy of this Declaration be posted at the County Courthouse and other public buildings as appropriate.
This declaration shall apply to Buncombe County as described above and be effective from 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 unless rescinded earlier.
Adopted this the 7th day of December, 2018.
While the Town of Weaverville generally does not publish information regarding traffic stops or other infractions addressed by the Weaverville Police Department, we do reserve the right to correct misstatements made to the media. Not publishing corrections to ill-informed media reports is unfair to the citizens of Weaverville and the Town’s officers and has the potential to erode the public trust in law enforcement and local government in general.
On December 6, 2018, the Weaverville Tribune printed an article with the headline reading, “Officer draws weapon on local resident during stop”. In the article, the author, Benjamin Cohn, illustrates the events of a traffic stop in the rainy, early morning hours of November 24, 2018 when a Weaverville police officer stopped a Barnardsville resident in Weaverville town limits for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked tag and registration. The event, as published by the Tribune, seems to be written in such a way as to sensationalize a traffic stop by stating that the officer unholstered and pointed his service weapon at the subject while shouting profanities. Unfortunately, the statements published by the Tribune do not address the fact that the officer did not unholster, present or draw his weapon at any point during the stop, even after the subject exited his vehicle and ran, in the roadway, toward the patrol vehicle occupied by the officer. An internal review involving multiple independent viewings of dashboard camera footage corroborate the officer’s statements that he did not unholster or draw his service weapon, nor did he shout profanities at the subject. While the dashboard camera footage clearly supports the Officer’s statements and conduct during the traffic stop, North Carolina statutes prohibit the disclosure or release of the recording to the general public.
Misstatements made by the claimant are littered throughout the article, which was not a fair and complete representation of the events that occurred during this incident. With journalistic integrity in mind, it is my hope that the Weaverville Tribune will re-examine its reporting on this incident and take better steps in the future to ensure that corroborated facts are reported so that misleading information is not reported to our public.
Statement by: Selena Coffey, Town Manager, Town of Weaverville
The public is invited to join the Town of Weaverville for a drop-in retirement reception for Police Chief Alan Wyatt on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 3pm-5pm in the Town Hall Community Room.
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Weaverville, November 6, 2018 – Weaverville’s Town Manager Selena Coffey has announced that Police Chief Alan Wyatt has submitted his notice of retirement effective January 1, 2019. Chief Wyatt, who has worked with the Weaverville Police Department for almost 16 years in the positions of Officer, Sergeant, Detective and Assistant Chief, was promoted to Police Chief in December 2017. Wyatt is a Veteran of the United States Air Force where he served 10 years as a Security Specialist and Mobility Officer. His law enforcement experience also includes serving as a Police Officer for the Mars Hill Police Department for 4 years and with Mars Hill College Campus Security for approximately 4 years.
“In my 20 years in local government, I have worked with some exemplary law enforcement professionals – I count Chief Wyatt among the top.” Town Manager Coffey stated. “I wish him well and am confident he will enjoy his retirement while spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids and church family.”