Walnut Ridge police chief resigns

Walnut Ridge police chief resigns
Copy of Chris Kirksey's resignation letter. (Source: Mayor Charles Snapp)
Copy of Chris Kirksey's resignation letter. (Source: Mayor Charles Snapp)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge police chief has resigned.

Mayor Charles Snapp released Chris Kirksey's resignation letter Monday afternoon.

"I'm writing this letter to inform you of my resignation, effective immediately, as the chief of police for the city of Walnut Ridge," Kirskey said in the letter. "I've decided that for many different reasons and the fact that I'm retirement eligible for having served over 20 years a law enforcement officer, it's time to retire and move on to something new."

Kirksey's resignation comes as the city of Walnut Ridge is in the middle of a lawsuit filed by Adam Finley.

After the lawsuit was filed, Kirskey and Sgt. Matt Cook were both placed on administrative leave. Cook returned to work after he was taken off administrative leave.

Kirksey, however, remained out of office on medical leave once he was taken off of administrative leave.

Mayor Snapp said Captain Jordan Cooksey will remain in charge of the Walnut Ridge Police Department.

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