Resignations follow chief's departure in Ala town

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NEWTON, Ala. (AP) — Mass resignations have followed the departure of the police chief in the southeast Alabama town of Newton.

The Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/13Hg51O ) reports that as many as 12 Newton Police Department members have quit since Chief John Beistline left office earlier this month.

The departures include paid officers, department employees and volunteer reserve officers.

Newton Mayor Lehman Irby is assuring residents the town still has police and is hiring more.

Irby says he can't answer why the other officers resigned. But he says the town has hired one full-time officer and is search for at least two more.

Beistline had served as Newton's police chief for several years. He resigned for what the mayor says was a "better opportunity."



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