Sources: Bailey in negotiations with NMB over employment

North Myrtle Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Despite conflicting reports circulating around North Myrtle Beach, sources tell WMBF News former Public Safety Director William Bailey remains employed with the city at this time.

According to two sources, Bailey was given an ultimatum by North Myrtle Beach City Manager John Smithson to resign or be fired by the city Thursday afternoon. Sources say Bailey has asked his attorney for clarification of the ultimatum, and has still not been notified by city officials on the status of his position.

The City of North Myrtle Beach was contacted for comment, but could not make a remark on the status of Bailey's position.

Sources say the situation involving the City North Myrtle Beach and Bailey boils down to a battle over dates. If Bailey's termination letter is dated from Thursday, Bailey will not be able to receive his retirement. If the letter is dated Friday, he will be able to receive retirement funds.

Bailey remains in negotiations with city officials over his current position after being demoted to lieutenant. The demotion stemmed from a December 2009 investigation into a gun taken from Bailey's personal vehicle.

Bailey came under fire earlier in the year after a backup firearm was stolen from his car. Bailey told investigators it was locked in his glove compartment, but an investigation revealed the glove compartment in which it was stored did not have a lock.

Horry County Police were dispatched to Bailey's home after the director reported two of his personal vehicles had been broken into between 10 p.m. Dec. 27 and 8 a.m. Dec. 28. Bailey told police he became suspicious of criminal activity after noticing his truck, parked in his driveway, had been left unlocked throughout the night.

After opening the driver's side door of the truck, a police report states Bailey found papers thrown over the seats and the glove compartment and center console opened. A handgun stored in the glove compartment, Horry County Police say, was among the items taken from the vehicle.

Bailey later discovered his wife's car, parked inside of a garage, had also been tampered with. Items were strewn across the inside of the vehicle, but Bailey was unable to identify any stolen items.

Further questioning of Bailey's family revealed his son discovered what he calls a "suspicious man" in the neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 21. When Bailey's son pulled over his vehicle to question why the man was in the area, he said he was visiting his girlfriend.

The man then proceeded to reach into his camouflage backpack, for what Bailey's son presumed to be a gun, and drove off. Bailey's son told police he returned to his home, grabbed two baseball bats, and unsuccessfully attempted to track the unidentified man down.

North Myrtle Beach officials released a statement revealing Bailey had been placed on administrative leave after an investigation revealed Bailey's glove box did not have a lock on it. As stated in an incident report, Bailey's gun could not have been safely stored inside of his truck.

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