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Middlesex police chief announces retirement

Posted on October 12, 2021

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MIDDLESEX — After five years on the job and a career in law enforcement, the town’s police chief is retiring early next year.

Mike Collins, police chief since 2017, turned in his letter of resignation, effective Feb 1, to the town board during its regular monthly meeting Monday.

Collins said he came to the decision after a lot of prayer.

“The combination of personal reasons and the many changes directed toward the profession of law enforcement officers over the past few years helped make my decision a much easier one,” Collins said.

Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis said Collins will be missed.

“He’s the best police chief we’ve ever had,” said Lewis. “This is a shock to us all.”

While Collins’ last day as chief is set for Jan. 31, he’s offered to stay on as a reserve officer and to help in any way he can.

Lewis said Collins is respected by his officers and the community.

“Our police department is in a really good place thanks to Mike,” Lewis said. “We think that will help in finding a new chief.”

Lewis said the town board will waste no time putting together a search for a replacement.

Collins formerly worked for the sheriffs’ offices in Vance and Franklin counties, where he helped establish school resource officer programs.

During his law enforcement career, Collins served on the N.C. Justice Academy’s curriculum committee and the Governor’s Task Force on Safer Schools physical security and emergency preparedness subcommittee and school climate and discipline steering committee. He’s also been a member of the N.C. Juvenile Officers Association, Juvenile Services Association and Association of School Resource Officers.

Collins said he doesn’t have any immediate plans after retirement.

“I will cherish the friendships I have made here,” Collins said. “This is truly a beautiful town with (some) of the best people I have ever met. I was welcomed with opened arms, and more than that, I was cared for and loved on like family. I cannot thank the people of Middlesex enough for all of the love and support.”

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