By Clint Parker
Weaverville – Less than a year after taking the position of Weaverville’s Chief of Police Alan Wyatt is leaving the force. The reason for his leaving is that he is retiring.
“Chief Wyatt submitted his retirement letter to me yesterday, with his retirement effective January 1, 2019,” said Weaverville Town Manager Selena Coffey in an email. Wyatt, who has been with the force since about 2003, replaced longtime Weaverville Police Chief Greg Stephens, who retired at the end of last year. Wyatt was assistant chief for the department before being offered the top cop job.
The town has not stated how it will handle the loss as it’s not known if there is another member of the force who has the qualifications to be police chief of the 15-member department. If not, Weaverville will have to lookout side the department to bring in someone who is unfamiliar with the town and it’s citizens, but has the experience and expertise to lead the department.
“Chief Wyatt’s service has been exemplary throughout his time with the department. I wish he could have spent more time as chief. We all wish him well,” said Weaverville Mayor Al Root in an email to the Tribune.
According to a press release from Coffey, Wyatt started with the department as an officer and moved his way up the ranks to sergeant, detective and then assistant chief and 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 four years and with Mars Hill College Campus Security for approximately four 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.”