Acting police chief Ron Haley resigns

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Lt. Deputy Chief Ron Haley, the city’s acting police chief, turned in his resignation, with a two week notice, on Friday.

Haley’s resignation was effective on Friday, said city manager John Sutherland.

“It was a personal decision,” Sutherland said. “I would have preferred that he would have stayed.”

Haley did not return requests for comment.

To cover the police department’s’ administrative duties, Sutherland named Fire Chief Mike Cherry “Temporary Director” of Public Safety. Cherry will also be responsible for the city’s fire department, emergency medical services and emergency management.

“The goal was to find a way to give Mike administrative authority,” Sutherland said.

“Mike is an experienced and effective leader,” Sutherland said.

On Friday afternoon, Cherry and Sutherland met with police officers. “It was very well-received,” Sutherland said.

Haley is the second top police department official to leave within a month. Former Police Chief Larry Ham resigned on July 13. Ham had been chief since June 2005.

Haley joined the force on Oct. 6, 2006, as the deputy chief of police. He was named acting police chief on July 17.

Haley’s departure leaves the police department “thin,” Sutherland said.

The 16-person staff is now down to 11 police officers, Sutherland said.

“Given the headcount and the staffing it’s going to make it difficult,” Sutherland said.

“They are professionally capable. Some will have to take some leadership roles,” Sutherland said.

The city has been seeking applicants for the position of chief and the the deadline for applicants is Monday, Sutherland said.
It is hoped a selection for police chief could be made in eight weeks, Sutherland said.

The police department has recieved a $2 per hour across the board increase in pay and this is expected to make it easier to recruit new officers to the force, Sutherland said.