Bullock steps down as Bailey police chief

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BAILEY — Corey Bullock told town commissioners on Monday that he’s stepping down as Bailey’s police chief to accept another law enforcement position.

Bullock handed copies of his resignation letter to Mayor Thomas Richards, Town Administrator Timothy Johnson and each commissioner before taking the podium during his allotted time to address the town board.

“I appreciate this opportunity. If I can be of any assistance during this transition period, just let me know,” Bullock said. “It’s kind of tough for me to do this, but there are other avenues in which I must seek.”

The mayor and most commissioners thanked Bullock for his service to the town.

Bullock, a law enforcement veteran with more than 20 years experience, has served as police chief since July 2017. He joined the force in 2014 and became interim chief after former chief John Ennis resigned in April 2017.

Bullock began his career as a military police officer in the U.S. Army. After leaving the Army, Bullock joined the Tarboro Police Department. He also has served with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement, Durham County ABC board and has held assistant police chief posts in Whitakers and Enfield police departments.

In addition to his law enforcement career, Bullock also has worked as a conductor for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

Bullock said although he has had a positive experience in Bailey, the time had come for him to move on to other opportunities.

“This is an opportunity for growth for me in law enforcement. Not saying there is not growth here in Bailey, but it’s just a better opportunity and location for me to be at this point in my career in law enforcement,” Bullock said. “Even though I’m moving forward, it’s a little sad for me to leave.”

The Bailey community’s support has helped him greatly in his position, Bullock said.

“Just the rapport, being able to work with people that unselfishly devote their time,” Bullock said of town residents.

In particular, Bullock said that Macie Strickland, who was present at Monday’s meeting, has been willing to do whatever he’s needed to help the community.

“We don’t pay her a dime,” he said. “She helps out any time, and she’s never told me no. It’s things like that which make this job more enduring to deal with on a daily basis.”

He said the next police chief would need to work with both the residents and the board as well as have an understanding of the problems the community is facing.

“No one is blind to what we’re facing now, with all the drug overdoses which we’re having. And due to people being associated with drugs, other crimes have a tendency to be on the rise,” Bullock said. “The narcotics we’re getting off of people now, a lot of it is synthetic. You don’t really know what it is. And there’s safety precautions that law enforcement officers have to take to prevent themselves from having contact with a substance which can harm them.”

Bullock said he has accepted a position with another North Carolina law enforcement agency effective Nov. 1 but declined to name the agency. His last day in Bailey is Oct. 28.

The Bailey board of commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 to review applications to fill the police chief vacancy as well as hire an additional officer.