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Items from across the Triad and Beyond, compiled by Jordan Green

Greensboro police chief confirms retirement

Greensboro police Chief Tim Bellamy has told City Manager Rashad Young that he plans to retire within 12 months. Bellamy said he will give Young an exact date when the city manager returns from a trip to Ohio. Mayor-elect Bill Knight brought up Bellamy’s retirement during the campaign, arguing that the city should be proactive in locating a new chief. Bellamy, who has not officially announced his plans to retire, said he believes word got out about his plans because he attended a retirement class offered by the city in the spring. To receive a full law enforcement pension, an officer must serve a total of 30 years or reach the age of 55. “As of right now, I’ve got 28 years of creditable service with the state of North Carolina,” Bellamy said. “If some other things work out the way I plan and it gives me 30 years of service I will be leaving whenever my eligible date comes up, but I still have to work on some other time issues.” Bellamy described his time heading the department since the resignation of former Chief David Wray as both rewarding and challenging. Bellamy, who is black, has had his authority and legitimacy challenged by a statement made by Knight that he was appointed to the job because of race, and by a move by former interim City Manager Bob Morgan to overturn a termination decision made by Bellamy against an officer who was acquitted of charges of assaulting a female. Asked if he feels that he is being pushed out, Bellamy said, “No.” — JG

Human relations employees appointed to national body

Two employees of the Greensboro Human Relations Department, Director Anthony Wade and administrator Anthony Wade, have been selected to leadership positions with the National Association of Human Rights Workers. Wade has been appointed the organization’s president-elect, and Walker began serving on its board of directors in October. The department has come under fire from District 3 Councilman Zack Matheny for its involvement a conference to commemorate the 1979 Klan-Nazi killings. The conference was organized by survivors of the attack. —JG

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