Hagan police chief resigns
By Mickey Peace
Hagan Police Chief Kerry Blocker, who has led the town’s police force for the past 11 years, has announced his resignation and will be stepping down in the near future. Mayor Vernon Owens revealed the developments during a brief meeting that was conducted Tuesday night following the conclusion of a regular session of the mayor and council.
Blocker was hired as police chief on November 24, 2003, after serving 15 years with the Claxton Police Department. With additional law enforcement service, including a stint with the Evans County Sheriffs Office, he has about 31 years in the profession.
Mayor Owens said he expects to have Blocker’s resignation letter in hand today (Wednesday, October 22), but the effective date for the end of his employment with the department is yet to be determined. Blocker’s service with the city of Hagan will continue, however, as the town’s zoning and code enforcement officer.
Owens added that he was disappointed that Blocker would be resigning as police chief, but the move was at Blocker’s request and related to health concerns.
“He said that he cannot physically handle the stress that goes with the job,” Owens explained, citing health issues over the past several months related to hypertension. Chief Blocker, who was present for part of the meeting with Mayor Owens, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. Blocker has received favorable medical reports relative to the current status of that condition, he said.
Hagan will soon begin seeking applicants to fill the police chief’s job, Owens said.
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