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Spring Lake police chief to be sworn in


SPRING LAKE — The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen is expected to swear in Dysoaneik Spellman as the new police chief during tonight’s meeting.

The town in August announced Spellman as the next police chief after a two-month search. He was appointed interim police chief when former chief Troy McDuffie retired for the second time in 2021.

Spellman, who has 23 years of law enforcement experience, has been with the Spring Lake Police Department since 2014.

The board also is expected to swear in Patricia Hickman as the interim town clerk.

The board meets at 6 p.m. at town hall.

The board also will hear a finance report from the Local Government Commission. The financial report will reflect the first two months of the 2022-23 budget year. According to the commission, the staff has been diligent in getting the proper paperwork to establish purchase orders in a timely manner for the beginning of the fiscal year.

The Local Government Commission also says the transition of the Spring Lake Parks and Recreation Department to the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation program is expected to be finalized in October. The commission said it will need to rework some elements of the budget for that transition.

The board is expected to hear about a program called Operation Green Light, which shows support for veterans of all military conflicts with a special emphasis on veterans of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Residents and businesses can participate by changing an outside light bulb to a green bulb. The board will be asked to consider a resolution to honor those individuals.

The board is still looking to hire a town manager. It interviewed candidates on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 and is expected to name a new town manager shortly.

Jami McLaughlin covers Spring Lake for CityView. She can be reached at jmclaughlin@cityviewnc.com.

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