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Viewers are calling in their concerns over the City of Sophia, so we found out the town does not have an acting Chief of Police.


Sophia Mayor Danny Barr said on July 30th, former Sophia Police Chief, Sam McClure, resigned on good terms.


"He probably enjoyed his stay here, he found a chance where he can do better and he did better. I wouldrecommendd Sam McClure to anybody, whether it be law enforcement or coal mining or any job. Sam is a good man," 


The Mayor told 59News his title now also includes Police Chief, but he said not to worry, because there's still enough law enforcement for his town.


"I am now over the Police Department and when I find a good person to put him in, I'll do it," said the Mayor.


Right now Sophia Police Department employs 2 full-time police officers, and 2 Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputies part- time. Lt. Brandon McMillion says his city of just over 1,300 people, is still in good hands.


"Everything is running smoothly. I couldn't ask for better people to work with, when I need something they always have my back," the Lt. told us.


Mayor Barr told us so far he has interviewed a few candidates, but he's not settling until he's confident the perfect match for Sophia and their law enforcement agency has been found.


"I'm going to be choosy. It's just like the marine corps, we're looking for a few good men and we don't want anything other than that," he said.


Applications for qualified Police Chief candidates can be picked up at Town Hall.