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Fayette police chief resigns

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FAYETTE | Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner has resigned.

Mayor Andrew Wenthe told the City Council on Monday night he had received Gardner's voluntary resignation earlier that day. Gardner did not attend the special meeting of the council Monday.

Last week, the mayor confirmed the police chief had been placed on administrative leave. Wenthe did not provide a reason for the action.

He also did not comment on whether the administrative leave was related to a citation made against Gardner for passing a school bus with red lights flashing and the stop arm extended. That citation came Nov. 4, two days after the alleged incident was reported by the North Fayette Valley School bus driver, Roberta Schlitter.

The council held its second regular meeting of the month Nov. 17, but no mention of the police chief's citation was made.

Gardner was dressed in street clothes then and was asked for comments as part of the regular "police report."

Wenthe told the council Monday, the police committee will meet next week to determine its next steps. He said the Fayette County Sheriff's office will assist the department in the interim. There is one police officer remaining with the department, Officer Sierra Fox.

"I feel very comfortable that we do have coverage," Wenthe said.

Gardner's hearing of his citation is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

In his resignation, the chief, who started with the Fayette Police Department on July 1, 2013, said he was submitting his resignation to pursue other employment.

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