Taneytown police chief resigns after mayor put him on leave

Woelfel, 16-year veteran, sees no reason for ouster

April 07, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Taneytown Police Chief Gregory S. Woelfel, who was placed on three weeks of paid administrative leave last month, submitted his resignation Friday, saying the mayor had given no reason for ousting him.

Woelfel, 40, of Thurmont, had served with the town police since 1986 and became its chief two years ago, after the retirement of Chief Melvin Diggs.

Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr. could not be reached Friday. He initially refused to comment about Woelfel's departure but later said that the city had offered the police chief an unspecified financial package.

Woelfel said he has no immediate plans but probably will seek another job in police work.

Lt. William E. Tyler has assumed the chief's duties, according to a news release issued by the city Friday. City Manager Patrick Nield said he could not comment beyond the brief statement issued.

Woelfel was placed on three weeks of paid administrative leave March 8 and at the time declined to comment.

There were no allegations of impropriety, he and others have said. Woelfel said he received a good yearly evaluation about two weeks before being notified by the mayor that he would be terminated, without being given a reason.

"This was more or less the decision of the mayor that he no longer wanted my services," Woelfel said, noting there was no City Council action on the issue.

"That's the thing with small-town politics."

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