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Chief Quits as Layoffs Seem Eminent

The AP via YellowBrix

January 25, 2010

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s chief of police has quit, just as his department faced layoffs because of the city’s budget crisis.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced Friday that he accepted the resignation of Ron Palmer and appointed Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Charles W. Jordan as interim police chief.

Palmer served as chief from 1992 to 2002 and then returned in 2007 when former Mayor Kathy Taylor appointed him.

Palmer says one of his regrets during his tenure is that he’ll have to inform 155 officers of layoffs, which he says not only will affect the department but the community, too.

The mayor says he has submitted an offer to Tulsa’s police union that would save 122 officers’ jobs.

Thirty-three officers would still be laid off under the proposal.

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