MONROE — City of Monroe Councilwoman Angelia James was transported to Atrium Health last Thursday night (Sept. 9) following an incident where staff at the Fairfield Inn (1825 Williams Road) asked police to remove her from the property, according to a report from Peter Hovanec, the City of Monroe’s Communications and Tourism Director.
At around 6:52 p.m. on Sept. 9, Monroe Police Department officers were at the motel after staff called asking James be removed from the property for “disturbing the peace.”
Officers report James told them there were felons on the property and that one of the felons was a murderer. When asked by police how she knew they were felons, James said “God spoke to her and told her,” according to Hovanec’s email.
“Police determined that individuals identified by Council Member James were not felons,” per the email; however, James insisted officers obtain a search warrant to search the whole motel and remove the felons.
Hovanec told the Enquirer-Journal that James pointed to random guests claiming they were felons.
Later, James’ husband arrived to take her home. Shortly after, police were called because of a disturbance at James’ residence.
“During the incident, several officers at the scene were informed they were demoted, fired, promoted or would be fired by Council Member James. Council Member James proceeded to tell the officers that she had also fired Police Chief Bryan Gilliard,” Hovanec stated in the email.
James was transported to Atrium Union Hospital by EMS. “At Atrium Union, Council Member James confronted officers and individuals, removed an officer’s facemask and declared that COVID was over. Again, Council Member James told officers on the scene that she was firing them. She again stated that Chief Gilliard was no longer the Chief and that Sergeant Mark Isley was named Chief of Police,” according to Hovanec.
Hovanec told the Enquirer-Journal that no arrests have been made, but an investigation is pending.
Council members do not have the authority to fire a City employee. No one at the police department, including Chief Gilliard, has been fired. Only Interim City Manager Brian Borne has the authority to fire and hire City of Monroe employees, with the exception of City Clerk and City Attorney.
The Enquirer-Journal has reached out to James for comment, but she declined an interview request.