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Brooklet chief search unsuccessful
Lee Craft named as interim as of June 1
brooklet police

Brooklet City Council members will renew the search for a police chief soon, as they were unable to decide on a candidate in the recent quest to replace former Chief Doug Meyer.

Brooklet City Clerk Angela Wirth said council members “were not able to reach a consensus” regarding any of the 13 candidates who applied for the position.

Meyer resigned and retired earlier this year after a controversy surrounding complaints from a citizen about his and two Brooklet police officers’ behavior.

A woman recorded a traffic stop after she and an off-duty officer reportedly had a heated exchange of words about children in another car who were not restrained.

The off-duty officer called his superior, who was on duty, and another heated exchange occurred. The next day, the woman used her cellphone to record a tumultuous verbal encounter with Meyer when she went to the police station to file a complaint against the officers.

After she posted both videos on Facebook, the recordings went viral, with many citizens responding. Brooklet City Council members addressed the issue, first claiming the officers and Meyer acted appropriately.

About a week later, however, Meyer resigned after a meeting with city officials. Soon afterward, council members terminated the on-duty officer and suspended the off-duty officer.

Former Brooklet police Chief Brian Mundy served as interim chief during the search, but his last day will be May 31, according to Wirth.

“The Brooklet City Council has closed its search for a police chief without finding a successor. Council will be reopening the search in the coming weeks,” she said in a statement released to media.

Starting June 1, Officer Lee Craft of the Brooklet Police Department will assume the role as interim chief until a new chief has been named, she said.

No date has yet been set regarding when the search will resume.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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