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Middlesex promotes, loses police officers

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MIDDLESEX — The Middlesex Board of Commissioners promoted a police officer and accepted the resignation of three other officers during Monday’s meeting.

The board promoted Joe Amos to lieutenant with a $38,000 annual salary.

“He will run the day-to-day operations of the department, freeing me to get out and interact with the public,” said Police Chief Mike Collins.

The board also accepted the resignations of two full-time officers and an auxiliary officer.

Tyler Mooring left for a position at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Collins said Mooring will make more money as a deputy. Mooring has been with the department for about a year.

Andy Cone accepted a position with the Franklinton Police Department. Cone has been with the department for about seven months. He will stay on as a part-time officer in Middlesex.

Collins said Cone wanted to be a K-9 officer and Franklinton would be providing the opportunity.

Judy Garver, a longtime auxiliary officer, had to resign for medical reasons.

Collins said he would miss all three officers and wished them well.

The board congratulated Collins for a successful first National Night Out, held Aug. 5.

Collins said the department couldn’t have pulled off the event without help from the local business owners and town residents.

“Even with the rain it was a good event, a good time,” Collins said. He added that all the participating food vendors sold out and everyone said they would be back next year.

Police also gave away 500 hot dogs.

“It was very nice, we’ve received a lot of good feedback and we’re looking forward to the next one,” said Commissioner Ann Lewis.

During time reserved for public comment, resident Edna Mount asked the town to purchase name tags and body cameras for Middlesex’s police officers.