by A.C. Hall
Chief of Police Jack Ely notified the city last week that he is retiring. Ely served as Chief of Police of the White Settlement Police Department for over eight years. A two-week notice was given, but Ely is reportedly taking vacation time and has already cleared out his office.
The retirement comes at a time when the crime board and their budget is under scrutiny by some on the City Council. However, City Manager Jim Ryan stated that he doesn’t believe the retirement is directly related to the recent issues surrounding the crime board budget, saying that Ely has considered leaving the WSPD for a while now.
“I know Jack has been looking to make a change for the last year or so,” Ryan said.
Ryan did indicate that Ely made comments suggesting his retirement was also brought on in part by him tiring of the politics surrounding his position.
As the city prepares to search for a new Chief of Police, Ryan said Chief Ely will be missed.
“Personally, I am sorry to see him leave and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Ryan said.
According to Ryan, no decision has been made yet as to how the search for a new Chief of Police will be handled.