Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief to Resign

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 11/26/2013 6:34 pm
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA. (WDEF-TV) -- The police chief of Fort Oglethorpe says he will turn in his resignation next week.
Chief Jeff Holcomb was appointed after city council fired his predecessor and two other top administrators last spring.
But the chief is not leaving without the kind of political intrigue that has dogged the city for years.

Political wags on both sides want to know---did Chief Jeff Holcomb go into personnel files looking for a so-called hit list? Was he then suspended?
That's what a viewer of the Judy O'Neal show on UCTV claimed by phone Monday night.
Holcombe denies it.

CHIEF JEFF HOLCOMB, FORT OGLETHORPE "As a department head, administrator, I have access to any file I look at, so I have no reason to go rumbling through files that has to do with my department."

MAYOR LYNN LONG, FORT OGLETHORPE "No matter what you hear from the local cable access station...which I by the way do not watch, Mr. Holcomb was not caught doing anything improper."

UCTV owner and host Judy O'Neal says it's impossible to check-out every caller's remarks, but she believed this one.

JUDY O'NEAL, OWNER AND TV HOST "Well,I have an open phone line and people are allowed to call in and say what they want to...I question them about it and I call around and try to prove that. And my source of information that I was given last night came from a reliable source."

Fort Oglethorpe voters defeated two council members in the municipal elections three weeks ago, which sets the stage for a return of Chief David Eubanks, city manager Ron Goulart and public works director Jeff Long in January.
Holcomb says he feels his resignation is the correct thing to do.

CHIEF JEFF HOLCOMB "The council and the mayor can make their decisions on what they want in the city..what they want after all this controversy ....Its been a very tumultuous year, to say the least."

Mayor Lynn Long says he expects acting city manager Harold Silcox will also offer his resignation effective December 31st.

Jeff Holcomb says he has taken leave recently for training and medical issues.
He says he is looking for work outside of law enforcement.

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