Clyde police chief resigns

By DeeAnna Haney | Jan 24, 2014

Clyde leaders will soon be searching for a new police chief for the second time in two years after Gerard Ball resigned from the post Thursday morning.

Clyde Mayor Jerry Walker called an emergency closed session meeting for 9:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss a personnel matter. When the board came back into open session, they announced they had accepted Ball's resignation, which he said was for personal reasons, said Town Administrator Joy Garland.

The board suspended Ball in September for 30 days without pay for what the town cited vaguely as "personal misconduct." He was also placed on a 12-month probation period during which time the board said he could be fired without notice if his work or personal misconduct were considered unsatisfactory.

Ball was hired on as chief in July 2012 after the town’s previous chief, Derek Dendy, was fired for misconduct.

He was suspended for 30 days before the board terminated his employment in January 2012. At the time, Garland cited “unsatisfactory work performance and unsatisfactory personal conduct affecting work performance” that led to the decision to fire Dendy.

Town leaders are currently deciding who will serve as interim police chief.

"The community will be covered, there is no doubt about that," Garland said.