Ohio police chief with outsize Facebook following resigns

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Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:32 PM
Ohio police chief with outsize Facebook following resigns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small-town Ohio police chief who drew an outsize following with his blunt, frequently humorous Facebook commentary has resigned days after being suspended.

Brimfield Township trustees accepted David Oliver's resignation at a meeting Friday. He didn't attend.

Some residents demanded to know more about the complaint and resulting gender discrimination investigation that led to Oliver's suspension. Township officials refused to discuss details and cited attorney-client privilege.

Oliver wrote in a Facebook post Friday that untrue allegations had circulated, his management style was used against him and he's been targeted by disgruntled people, including current employees. He also said he's suffering increasingly unpredictable panic attacks.

His department serves about 10,000 people but reaches many more people through its Facebook page, which has more than 177,000 likes.