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Andrews Police Join Cherokee County Sheriff's Department

Matt Bush
Blue Ridge Public Radio
The town of Andrews currently has three police officers.

The town of Andrews has transferred their police department over to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s leadership.


Andrews Police Chief Michael Hobgood resigned at the beginning of July. This week, Andrews' Mayor James Reid says that instead of searching for a new police chief the town board decided it should transfer its three police officers to the leadership of the Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer. 


“I think that’s absolutely the way to go. Because the sheriff’s office is going to be able to take the officers that we have left under their wing," says Reid. "And we’ve already seen a huge difference in the last two and three days just in police presence and helping our community.”


Reid says the town increased the police department budget this year and is hoping to hire four more police officers.


"What we are doing is using some of the county officers and resources," says Reid.


"We feel like once we get a strong foundation under our police department we will be able to build off of that. But right now it feels like everytime we bring in a new police chief there is no foundation so everything crumbles.


Lilly Knoepp is Senior Regional Reporter for Blue Ridge Public Radio. She has served as BPR’s first fulltime reporter covering Western North Carolina since 2018. She is from Franklin, NC. She returns to WNC after serving as the assistant editor of Women@Forbes and digital producer of the Forbes podcast network. She holds a master’s degree in international journalism from the City University of New York and earned a double major from UNC-Chapel Hill in religious studies and political science.