- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) - The police chief in Poulsbo has resigned after investigations into his conduct.

The Kitsap Sun reports (https://goo.gl/0fyZt7 ) Poulsbo Police Chief Al Townsend resigned Monday, saying in a resignation letter he believes he had become a distraction for the city and the police department.

Townsend, who had been chief since early 2013, had been the subject of recent investigations by the city into whether he had a romantic relationship with an officer. He has denied any wrongdoing and Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson says he was cleared of the allegations.

Erickson says Townsend resigned after she told him he would be placed on administrative leave as the city looked into what she called “other information.”

The department’s deputy chief since February, Andy Pate, has been named interim chief.


Information from: Kitsap Sun, https://www.kitsapsun.com/

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