Jan. 7, 2019: Paula May retired as the King, N.C., Police Chief on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, after ten years in the position. May, 51, was hired as the King Police Chief in October, 2008. Before that, he worked for about two years as the director of security for Laurelmor, formerly a resort in Wilkes and Watauga counties. May also worked for nineteen years as a Detective and Chief Deputy at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office. May announced her retirement at the Dec. 3, 2018, meeting of the King City Council. May led a Police Department with twenty-three sworn officers and three civilian employees, City Manager Homer Dearmin said. The Police Department’s budget is $2.3 million for fiscal year 2018-2019. May’s annual salary was $85,030, Dearmin said. In retirement, May plans to work as a King Reserve Police Officer and maintain her law-enforcement certifications, she said. King has a population of 6,904 people, according to census estimates. Dearmin has appointed King Police Capt. Jordan Boyette as the city’s Acting Police Chief, effective as of Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.