Logan City Police Chief Russ Roper is resigning as Logan’s chief of police. He sent the following e-mail to city employees Monday afternoon: “I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to dedicate over 21 years to the City of Logan and its Police Department, the last three years as Chief. After discussions with the Mayor I am announcing that I am stepping down as Chief. It has been my privilege to work with you as we have accomplished great things in our community.” Roper was unavailable for comment Monday evening, but multiple sources confirmed Monday that conversations regarding Roper’s future with the city between him and Logan Mayor Randy Watts took place late last week. It is believed that dissatisfaction amongst some employees in the Logan Police Department played a large part in the ultimate decision for Roper to resign. A source close to the situation who requested to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of Roper’s resignation said recent news about Roper dumping sensitive police information into a Dumpster did not play a part in the resignation. Watts reportedly will initiate a search for a new police chief and will expand the search outside the Logan Police Department. When Watts replaced former Logan Police Chief Richard Hendricks three years ago, his pool of candidates consisted only of lieutenants and captains who were employed with the Logan City Police Department at the time. Two former captains who had retired from the Logan force also were among the 11 candidates considered in 2006 when Watts appointed Roper. Roper was appointed to the police chief’s position three years ago this month, on Aug. 8, 2006. He had been with the LCPD since 1988.
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