"It's tremendously difficult to fill the ranks with quality applicants and not reduce our standards," said Steve Hampton, Statesville police chief and a commission member who reviews cases of troubled officers.
After McIver's 20-year run at the Raleigh Police Department
ended in 2000, he
got a job with the N.C. Central University police.He
$48,355 Raleigh police salary for $33,558 in annual wages.
Within eight months, women at N.C. Central University
began complaining that McIver sexually harassed them, according to commission records.He
resigned during an internal investigation.
From there, he
went to WakeMed Hospital police in the fall of 2001.On his
application, McIver didn't mention the bad terms under which he
left Raleigh police and N.C. Central police.He told WakeMed officials that he left N.C. Central because he was "commuting too far," according to commission records.
WakeMed officials fired McIver in 2003 after he
accidentally fired his
weapon into the hospital.There, too, McIver was the target of sexual harassment complaints, records show.McIver, now 49, didn't mention his bad exits from the Raleigh Police Department and N.C. Central police when the State Capitol Police offered him a job two months after he left WakeMed.He
did report his
dismissal from WakeMed
, referencing his
shooting incident.Some police chiefs say they are suspicious when they see a long list of employers over a short time span."If they've skipped from a department where they made $35,000 to a department offering $30,000, something's not clicking," said Hampton, the Statesville chief.