Police chief quits, won't work with acquitted comedian mayor

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 7:04 AM

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — The police chief in a small Ohio city says he can't, in good conscience, continue to work with the mayor, who moonlights as a stand-up comedian and was recently acquitted on charges alleging he abused his power.

Hillsboro Police Chief Todd Whited resigned Monday in a move that Mayor Drew Hastings says wasn't a surprise.

Whited sent an email to Hillsboro City Council members, criticizing them for allowing the mayor to commit what Whited describes as "malfeasance." In the email, Whited expressed his displeasure with Hastings' recent acquittal.

Hastings says Whited made it clear that he wanted him forced out of office and that the former chief realized his "personal crusade" failed after Hastings was found not guilty.

The mayor says he will appoint an interim police chief.