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Hampton resigns, faces 3rd DUI charge

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

The former executive director of the Carroll Wellness Center resigned his post several days before being charged with his third count of driving under the influence since December.

Greg Hampton, who had been with the wellness center for six years, now faces a new charge of DUI, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license, stemming from an Aug. 28 incident in Galax, according to court records.

Hampton, 45, had taken a leave of absence from the wellness center after striking a deputy’s vehicle in the parking lot of the Carroll County Governmental Center in May, according to court papers. After that incident, a test yielded a blood-alcohol concentration of .10.

That was Hampton’s second charge after a Dec. 21, 2008, arrest for DWI in Roanoke County.

Court paperwork in Carroll noted in May that Hampton was non-compliant with court-ordered VASAP as a result of the charge in Roanoke County, which led to the incident at the governmental center.

Hampton had returned to work at the wellness center for about three weeks before turning in his resignation.

“While it is policy not to publicly discuss personnel issues, the Carroll Wellness Center board of directors acknowledges that Greg Hampton tendered his resignation as CWC executive director effective Aug. 21, 2009,” Randall Gravley, chairman and president of the CWC board, said in a written statement. “Members of the board recognize the significant contribution Greg has made toward the success of the center since it’s opening and wish the best for him in the future.”

The board of directors will meet after Labor Day to decide on the method to select a new executive director.

Gravley expects the wellness center will go forward with the process of advertising for the position, but there is no set timeline for that action. “Things are going fairly smoothly at the center and we’re going to take our time,” he said.

Kathy Ward remains the acting director of the wellness center. She has served as such since Hampton’s leave of absence.

Since Hampton’s resignation, the Galax Police Department issued charges against him in an incident last Friday.

The accident report by Galax Police Department Officer J.A. Spence was not available at press time Monday.

Hampton is tentatively scheduled for a court appearance in Galax General District Court on Oct. 5, according to court records.