"Officers will continue to try to undermine his efforts. I would recommend he be moved to professional standards division for his own protection."
Carter says longtime Captain, Sharon Pulley will take aim at new chief, Bruce Hickman.
"She will put on a good face for a while and at the same time; she will work to undermine him."
Carter writes there's also trouble from outside.
"New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey is doing everything he can to try to undermine our efforts to make himself look good."
This memo essentially adds insult to injury after just one month ago, the firm evaluating the department reported that they are suffering from a lack of communication, just one of the problems the city manager recognizes.
Hickman and Cheatham both regret Carter was so candid.
"I could have done without this reinforcement," Cheatham said. "I truly regret individual names were used." Hickman admitted, "This memo has called problems in this department, but we will move forward."
A job no easier, now that Carter's private memo is public.