Mayor shocked as entire police department in Missouri resigns

An entire Missouri police department, including the police chief and his officers, resigned.

Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader reacted by saying “It will be a struggle to fill the police department back up with qualified officers, but hopefully they can start working on that soon and get that accomplished.”

According to KY3 “The reasons for the resignations include there not being a police clerk to assist the department, not having qualified officers in the department, the pay rate, and new opportunities.”

“I didn’t know there were that many openings in Branson West because we didn’t see an advertisement for police,” Kimberling City Mayor Bob Fritz said, referring to Kimberling City Police Chief Craig Alexander and officer Shaun McCafferty taking jobs at the Branson West Police Department.

The mayor said the resignations were “unexpected and the short notice disappointing.

According to Fox News “the Stone County Sheriff’s office will handle emergency calls until the department is staffed.”