UNCC police chief who appeared in Playboy resigns

Marlene Hall (Source: UNCC)
Marlene Hall (Source: UNCC)
An edited version of the photo of Marlene Hall that appeared in Playboy. (Source: Playboy)
An edited version of the photo of Marlene Hall that appeared in Playboy. (Source: Playboy)

Charlotte, NC - CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The University of North Carolina-Charlotte police chief who appeared in Playboy and went through past issues of certification has resigned, UNCC officials said Tuesday.

Marlene Hall resigned her position as police chief and director of police and public safety on June 11, officials said. UNC-Charlotte is determining the effective date of her resignation pending tabulation of sick leave balance.

In the meantime, Hall has been reassigned to other duties, reporting to Henry James, associate vice chancellor for risk, management, safety and security, officials said.

Maj. Jeff Baker has assumed the role of interim chief effective immediately, UNCC said.

Hall, who appeared in a Playboy collegiate special edition in the early 1980s, faced certification issues in her first year on the job at UNCC in 2006. She apparently served at UNCC for several months, but had not been certified to run the department.

At the time, the North Carolina Attorney General's Office said Hall had not applied for certification. The university took away her badge, gun and blue lights until she was eventually retrained and certified.

Baker, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department captain, joined UNCC in November 2009 as deputy director, reporting to Hall. He oversees the daily management of police operations and support units.

A decorated officer, Baker served CMPD for 29 years and received the Police Medal of Merit in 1984 for saving the life of a fellow officer.

UNC-Charlotte will commence a search for a permanent replacement for Hall.

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