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Nettles resigns as Ferris police chief

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FERRIS - Chief of Police R.C. Nettles resigned his position with the City of Ferris effective March 9.

'My reasons for resigning are solely based upon health considerations and no other reason,' stated Nettles in his resignation letter.

Nettles has served as Chief of Police for the past two years and said he had originallly planned to take the job for only a short time.

'I just wanted to see some stability in the police department and only intended to stay a couple of years,' said Nettles.

'I believe that during my tenure in that position, I have been an asset to both the city and the department,' Nettles stated in his resignation letter to City Manager Gus Pappus.

'It is my hope that you share that opinion and that we may both reflect upon the period of my service with a sense of pride and respect.'

Nettles recently broke his foot in four places requiring surgery in which screws were installed and the foot was wrapped in wire.

The ankle was continuing to swell and go numb, according to Nettles, and may require more surgery. Nettles said he thought the police department would be fine now after officers had to go through so much in the past few years.

‘It's like any other small town, you get politics involved in the police department and it doesn't work.'

He said the city had a city manager to deal with police department problems and the officers knew their jobs, they just need to be able to do their jobs outside of politics.

'That is a good bunch of guys down there.'

Pappus said, 'Chief Nettles resigned voluntarily because of medical reason and with the good job Zaidle is doing I haven't felt any pressure to advertise for the position at this time.'

Lieutenant Mike Zaidle is head of the Police Patrol Division and has taken over for Nettles since his resignation.

Pappas said since he had been working on budgets for some time he had not made up an advertisement for the position but planned to sometime this week or the beginning of next week.

'We will probably advertise for the position to see what is out there and take resumes for 30 days.'

Nettles also expressed his availability for any assistance he could offer the department in the future.

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