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Ripley Police Chief Resigns, Being Paid $25K Through June

The police chief in Ripley will get his regular pay amounting to $25,000 through the end of June, even though he’s been suspended since January and quit Tuesday night, WBBJ Channel 7 in Jackson reported this week.

We first wrote about Chief Landis Garrison in January, when it was unclear why the top cop had been suspended.

That issue is still murky, but the TV station found that Garrison filed a racial discrimination claim against the city a few days after his suspension.

City officials were set to discuss the findings of an investigation into Garrison the day he quit, but now the city’s attorney is refusing to release the investigation report. Attorney Michael Hill “said he will, out of respect for Garrison, not release what his investigation found.”

Missing from his comments is anything about respect for the taxpayers in Ripley, on the hook for that $25,000 bill with little explanation as to why they’re paying it — or for that matter, what the city is relying on in state law to withhold the report produced with public dollars on public time.

“We’re the public, this is our town, and with any town, we need to know the problems,” one resident told Channel 7. Hear, hear.

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