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St. George Police Chief resigns amid SLED investigation

St. George Police Chief resigns amid SLED investigation

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St. George Police Chief Anthony Britt has resigned his position. This comes as the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the town police department.

St. George Mayor Anne Johnston says Britt met with her and presented a letter of resignation Friday, "on Friday afternoon, chief came into my office and submitted his resignation, effective immediately."

She said the letter was dated Thursday, but he presented it on Friday. The resignation is effective immediately.

Mayor Johnston said the town council already had a meeting scheduled Friday, "so during that meeting we appointed Lt. (Trumaine) Moorer as temporary acting chief." Moorer was Britt's second in command.

Johnston would not comment on the SLED investigation other than to say she has met with SLED agents twice. She said she was made aware of the investigation during the last week in April. She said SLED has asked her not to comment in order to not compromise an ongoing investigation.

Mayor Johnston confirms that she is the person who initiated the SLED investigation. She says she discovered a check written to the town that had been cashed, however, she could not find any town account in which the check had been deposited. She decided to call SLED to let them investigate after discovering that check.

Johnston says Britt was hired by council as police chief back in 2009. Prior to that, he severed as an officer in the department for several years.

Residents were discussing the resignation at the Mystic Stop and Shop gas station in town. Anthony Clark said, "I thought he was a good chief. I was really surprised that he resigned. If it were me, they would have to fire me. I wouldn't resign. Jobs are too hard to find now."

The mayor says they will be doing a nationwide search for a new police chief soon. Town Council is scheduled to meet Monday evening at 6:30 in executive session to discuss the issue further with legal council.

SLED spokesman Thom Berry will only confirm that there IS a SLED investigation into allegations at the St. George Police Department, but he will not comment further about the case.

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