Two veteran Clayton police officers resigned this week with no explanation, and town officials aren’t saying either.
Sgt. Jason Barnes resigned on Tuesday, and Detective Nancy Galleo resigned Thursday morning, according to Police Chief R.W. Bridges and town spokeswoman Stacy Beard. In their resignation letters, the officers did not say why they were leaving, Bridges said.
Citing N.C. personnel-privacy laws, Bridges said he couldn’t say why the veteran officers quit their jobs. Neither could he say if the officers were facing disciplinary action, the chief said.
Bridges would say only that the department’s service to the community would not be diminished.
“We have a highly trained staff,” he said.
“We will have promotional processes and selective processes to fill any vacant positions,” Bridges added.
Barnes, 35, joined the Clayton Police Department in August 2003, was promoted to detective in 2008 and then to sergeant in 2009. He was a founding member of the police department’s tactical team before transferring out in 2010. He earned his advanced law enforcement certification from the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission in 2011.
His only disciplinary action was the loss of a safety day in July 2006 when his police car was involved in a minor crash.
Galleo, 41, joined the police department in 1998. She resigned briefly in 1999 but rejoined after spending a week at another department.
She was promoted to serve as a forensic specialist in 2008 and was put in charge of the police department’s accreditation in 2012.
Galleo has no disciplinary actions.
Neither Barnes or Galleo could be immediately reached for comment.
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