I met Keith (Moose) Hale over 20 years ago. I was a new city councilman. I wanted to know every part of the Town of Tarboro, so I visited all of the town's departments. Around this time the council was considering adding a K-9 unit to the police department. I have some serious reservations about the impact a K-9 unit would have on the town and possible reaction from the black community. I shared my feelings with the town manager, the mayor, and the other councilmen. Because of the role dogs were used for in the civil rights movement, I felt that this initiative was not right for Tarboro. One of the people that helped me understand this process was Moose Hale. I attended his gradation at one of the top K-9 schools around, in Angier, NC. While working the streets of east Tarboro and talking to the youth, one of the people I could call on was Moose Hale. He loves Tarboro and its people, and I do not know anyone better to serve this city as our new chief, than Keith (Moose) Hale.
He deserves a chance to be chief, because he has given his time, efforts, and his heart to this city.
The bible that I read lets me know that we should forgive our brother 70 times 70. It also says we should put those things behind us and press on the higher calling of our Lord, Jesus the Christ.
I am asking the town manager, and the city council to give Keith Hale a chance to be our next Chief of Police.
Former councilman and long time resident of Tarboro.
Roy A. Gray, Sr.