Damon Williams, placed on paid leave as the Mooresville Police Department chief in June, has submitted his resignation, a news release from the town indicated.
Williams submitted the letter of resignation to Town Manager Randy Hemann Thursday afternoon.
The resignation is effective immediately.
Williams was on leave with pay after an investigation was launched into hostile work environment complaints. A captain with the department was also placed on leave with pay. That status is still in effect for David Call.
The resignation comes on the heels of a recent shakeup in the department’s command staff.
Originally appointed acting chief after Williams’ was placed on leave, Gerald Childress was recently demoted to patrol officer as was Ron Chilton, formerly a major with the department.
Williams joined the Mooresville Police Department in 2016 after serving as the Tarboro chief. He has been serving in a volunteer capacity with the Taylortown Police Department, where he was previously a chief.
Board of Commissioner Bobby Compton said Thursday evening he was notified by Town Manager Randy Hemann about Williams’ resignation around 5 p.m. Compton had no other information on why Williams resigned or the ongoing investigation at the police department. Compton said he believed Acting Police Chief Ron Campurciani would stay as long as he could until something is resolved.
Kate Stevens contributed to this story.