Written by Zach Maskell
Last updated on October 05, 2012 @ 9:26AM
Created on October 05, 2012 @ 6:21PM
Salem is without its own police force as of Thursday.
The chief and only other officer quit after a disagreement with the city manager. City Manager Joe Davis told 5 News that he went to Chief Bob Willis with a few concerns he had. Apparently the chief wasn't happy with those comments and Thursday he turned in his keys and gave his letter of resignation.
Davis declined to go on camera but he told us that he informed the chief he couldn't have anymore overtime, and that he needed to be out in the community patrolling the streets more often. 5 News is told the chief was a four of five year veteran of the force. Davis said the town's only other officer also quit in defense of the chief.
For now, State Police and the Sheriff's Department will be patrolling the area, especially while the Apple Butter Festival continues. Davis said the town would like to sign a contract with State Police to work a certain number of hours a week, like some other municipalities do.
Davis added that he was surprised by the resignations. The city will be advertising online and in local newspapers about the open positions. They want to fill the vacancies as soon as possible.
5 News tried reaching out to Willis but have been unsuccessful in those attempts. Keep it to 5 News for the latest.
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