I am very distressed that Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan has decided to retire. This is a clear signal to me that [city staff] does not know the quality character of this city official or the workings of the Asheville Police Department. I suggest that each of [them] become better informed.
At 64 years old, as a retired teacher and the 2004 Humanitarian for the state of Illinois, I have served my communities in many ways — some political. In my service, I can honestly assure you that I have only met two other public servants with as much integrity and honesty as Chief Hogan.
For [city staff] to better serve Asheville, you need to: Participate in a police ride-along; attend the Asheville Citizen’s Police Academy; encourage Chief Hogan to reconsider his decision to retire; and provide the Asheville Police Department officers and staff with a salary increase, possibly cutting other city salaries (these dedicated public servants have not had a salary increase in three years).
Asheville will never find another police chief with as much honor and open honesty as William Hogan. He has chosen to retire to make this unfortunate evidence-room situation easier for everyone else.
A trusted person has betrayed Asheville. Nevertheless, this is no reason to allow Chief Hogan to be the scapegoat. He is an impressive public official with an outstanding record. Yes, the situation is a call to action — for [city staff] to become better informed about the mechanics of the Asheville Police Department and its hardworking officers.
The challenge is noted above.
— P. Diane Chambers