The Verona City Council met last night to accept the resignation of Police Chief Joe Powell and discuss the future of the city's police department.
Powell, who has worked for the city since October 2008, submitted a voluntary letter of resignation to take a job as police chief at a city in Texas. Powell turned in his resignation on Sept. 9 and his last day was Tuesday.
According to City Clerk Julie Ruscha, 30 days notice was needed to break Powell's contract. Council members decided to give Powell a full paycheck for the rest of the month, including his 22 hours of unused vacation time.
"The council felt he needs time to relocate," Ruscha said.
Powell's resignation comes within weeks of the resignation of Mayor Roy Snyder, who hired Powell. Part-time Police Officer Mark Middleton, who was involved in a vehicle accident while patrolling Highway 60, has also resigned. The only remaining officer is Scott Tidyman, who has worked for the city for around a year.
Ruscha expected the city would advertise for a new police chief. Aldermen discussed how they preferred to have the department organized. Prior to Powell's arrival, the city had only one full-time officer for many years and relied on the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department to provide coverage during off hours.
Aldermen also reviewed bids for purchasing a surveillance camera for the city office.