Outgoing Chadbourn police chief's attorney speaks out about possible litigation

CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) - We're taking a look at the deal that could mean the end of a local police chief's time on the job. We reported last week Steven Shaw resigned his position as Chief in Chadbourn.

Shaw's attorney says legal action is possible against town leaders. An unsigned agreement between the Town of Chadbourn and outgoing Police Chief Steven Shaw, state what it could take for the two sides to part.

The proposal would pay Shaw in full with benefits through June of next year, but it's a clause that would prevent council from talking negatively about Shaw that has his attorney Malea Drew concerned.

"We are investigating the potential violation of state statues. Of certain statements coming out that aren't technically lawful to be coming out without the permission of my client," said Drew.

In recent weeks both council member Donald Ray Bass and Mayor Fax Rector have spoken with us about concerns with Shaw. Drew claims they had a verbal agreement and those statements might have violated it, but Chadbourn town attorney Butch Pope tells us, the document has no merit without signatures.

Drew invited us to Fayetteville to defend Shaw's reputation from recent stories.

"He's been a long standing law enforcement officer there. He's been chief longer than any other chief who has been there and has made great strides taking the community into the 21st century," said Drew.

"We had a situation where we had a legal agreement between both parties and from there we've now had misrepresentations stated publicly and privately about the entire matter," said John Midgette with the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association.

Shaw's representatives say they're weighing other legal options against the town, while both sides continue to try to figure out the exit agreement.

Thursday, we asked Chadbourn Town Manager Stevie Cox for a copy of any documents showing negotiations between town officials and Shaw. He told us, he would have the town attorney forward us their draft proposal, we still have not received it.

Attorneys on both sides tell us, they believe they can come up with a plan both sides can agree with.

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