Thatcher steps down as Walnut Ridge police chief

Thatcher steps down as Walnut Ridge police chief

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Richey Thatcher has resigned his position as the Walnut Ridge police chief.

Thatcher met Tuesday morning with the city's attorney, Nancy Hall, and Mayor Charles Snapp to discuss his resignation.

"Richey Thatcher was not removed from the office of the police chief," Snapp said. "He resigned."

Snapp said Thatcher did not give a specific reason for his resignation.

"None was needed," the mayor said.

Snapp made the formal announcement Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the Walnut Ridge Police Committee.

He assured residents they should have no concerns about service.

"I appreciate the department for standing with the city and being able to protect the citizens," Snapp said.

During the committee meeting he announced retired law enforcement officer Glendal Floyd will serve as the interim chief.

Snapp said Floyd will not apply for the vacant full-time position; instead, he will help manage the department and assist in selecting a new chief.

Floyd, who has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, said he is thankful for the opportunity.

"I look forward to working with the Police Department," Floyd said. "We're going to do a good job, we're going to be proud and we're going to make Walnut Ridge proud."

The city will begin accepting applications for the vacant position on Wednesday.

Applications and resumes can be submitted in person at the Walnut Ridge City Hall, by email , or mailed to:

Walnut Ridge City Hall

300 West Main Street

Walnut Ridge, AR, 72476

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