Leadwood police chief resigns following suspension - KMOV.com

Leadwood police chief resigns following suspension

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LEADWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Leadwood Police Chief Bill Whitehead resigned Monday night following a suspension made public earlier in the month.

Councilman John Vickers said Whitehead walked into a closed session council meeting and handed in his resignation letter without explanation.

"It's pretty frustrating, especially living here in the city," said Vickers. "I guess we're all just looking for answers."

Whitehead was suspended June 8, but the reasons behind the suspension were not specified and attributed to administrative issues.

At the time of Whitehead's suspension, Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Lewis said Whitehead could be reinstated after a meeting with the city's Board of Alderman.

Lewis became Mayor Pro Tem after David Henry, who was appointed Mayor after April's election, resigned mid-May.

Henry won April's election against former Mayor Dennis Parks. Whitehead was appointed Police Chief by former Mayor Parks.

For the time being, Sergeant Tim Hansen has been selected to lead the Leadwood Police Department. Sgt. Hansen joined the department in May.

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