Maggie Valley police chief fired

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May 24—Maggie Valley's former police chief was fired earlier this month with a plethora of reasons outlined in a formal termination letter — including poor leadership and lack of confidence from the town.

Russell Gilliland was suspended with pay on April 18. Following an investigation conducted by the town's attorney, Gilliliand was sent a notice of termination on May 11. The dismissal letter states that the town "received multiple complaints from employees within [the police] department."


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