The Brazil City Police Department has new leadership, sort of.
Shortly after 3 p.m., Dave Archer presented Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw a letter of resignation, citing personal reasons for stepping down from his administrative duties and returning to the position of Shift Sergeant.
"I'm not leaving the department," Archer said after the emotional meeting with Bradshaw. "On Monday, I will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Brazil when I step back into the roll of Police Sergeant and patrol the streets again."
As of 4 p.m., Wednesday, BCPD Captain Mark Loudermilk became interim police chief until a replacement can be announced at a later date.
On Sept. 23, 2008, Archer replaced then outgoing police chief Terry Harrison. Harrison had replaced Loudermilk as chief when Bradshaw took over for former Mayor Thom Arthur in July 2007.
When asked about the merry-go-round of police chiefs, Bradshaw explained that she has a vision for the department that includes open communication among the administrative staff.
Archer and Bradshaw agreed they have different versions of how the department can be a success, but the ultimate goal is the success of the department and the city.
Having previously scheduled some time off, Archer told The Brazil Times he would be out of the department for a few days. He said his faith and family helped him make this difficult decision and he hoped that people would respect his decision.
"People are going to think whatever they want. There's nothing I can do about that," Archer said about some rumors circulating and his desire to keep his personal reasons private. "I really appreciate the support of Brazil's citizens and the local business and community leaders during my time as chief. I appreciate the prayers for my family, and for the city. It's with much regret that I must vacate this office. However, I want the future to be a success. Please support the city administration and my replacement so they can continue to move forward with the best interest of this city at heart and for our future."
Former Brazil Mayor Thom Arthur was incorrectly identified in the above story.