Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Edward Melvin, who was just named to that position by Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers about two months ago, is turning in his resignation.
“I’m stepping down for personal reasons,” Melvin said on Tuesday morning, Feb. 12.
As chief deputy, Melvin was the second most powerful law enforcement officer in the department’s chain of command.
The retired NC Highway Patrol officer who lives in Summerfield accepted the job at Rogers’ request soon after Rogers won the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election.
Melvin said on Tuesday morning that he informed Rogers of his decision on Monday, Feb. 11. Melvin said he was handing in his official letter of resignation on Feb. 12.
He also said he wanted to make it known that he was not fired.
“I was not asked to leave,” Melvin said.
When asked about the sheriff’s reaction, Melvin said Rogers was not pleased to hear the news.
He added that his departure should not be seen as some sort of mark against Rogers.
“This is in no way anything negative against the sheriff,” Melvin said. “He’s a good guy and I feel privileged he selected me to be chief deputy.”
Melvin also had positive things to say about the department and the men and women who work there.
“The Sheriff’s Office is a great outstanding office,” he said, adding that the officers who work in it are highly dedicated.
Born in South Carolina, Melvin served in the military before he joined the NC Highway Patrol in 1989. He worked for the Highway Patrol in Vance County before moving to Guilford County. He retired in 2012 but came out of retirement to take the job as Chief Deputy.
In November, just days after Rogers was elected, Melvin told the Rhino Timesthat he was very excited to have the chief deputy job. Melvin stressed at that time that is his main job was to follow orders and help Rogers achieve his vision for the department.
“I’m a soldier,” Melvin said in November. “I’m here to implement the sheriff’s agenda. He is my boss. I am here to help him go in whatever direction he wants to go.”
Melvin, who was making $110,725 a year in his new position, was one of the main speakers at a mass swearing-in ceremony for officers on Monday, Dec. 3 of last year.
Ironically, Melvin’s departure from the second most important job in Guilford County law enforcement comes just days after Rogers told the Rhino Timesthat he was having a major issue keeping officers: Rogers said they were departing from the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department due to a lack of competitive pay.
Melvin said his resignation had nothing to do with salary.