- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) - Gettysburg Police Chief Bill Wainman is resigning, though it’s not clear whether the move is tied to debate over the department’s emblem and uniform patch that includes a Confederate flag.

KCCR radio reports Wainman is on vacation and not available for comment. His resignation says his last day is Aug. 21.

Mayor Bill Wuttke says the City Council will take up Wainman’s resignation at its meeting Wednesday.

Town officials said last month they won’t change the patch, despite calls from at least one person to do so. The shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church in South Carolina spurred a national debate about the Confederate flag.

Wuttke and Wainman said the police patch is a tribute to Gettysburg’s history and has nothing to do with racism.

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Information from: KCCR-AM, https://www.todayskccr.com/

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