Meridian interim police chief resigns

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian’s interim police chief, Charles Coleman, turned in a letter of resignation Wednesday.

Coleman was appointed on an interim basis in early May by Mayor Percy Bland but was also a candidate for the permanent position. Bland said Coleman offered his resignation and was not asked to resign.

This comes after Coleman instructed officers to place a man in handcuffs at Tuesday’s council meeting, leading to an outcry of disapproval by other citizens. Bland says Coleman plans to carry out his duties as interim chief until his 90-day appointment is up at the end of July.

“He possibly felt like he may not have had all the votes for August 4. He’s a prideful man and he feels like he’s done some things that he can do,” said Bland. “At this point he felt it was best for the city and for him personally to tender his resignation.”

Bland says it is unknown who will lead the department once Coleman finishes his term. He added that he previously didn’t feel comfortable promoting an internal officer as chief and continues to stand by that statement.

Bland complimented Coleman for his role in amping up training and development during his tenure, finalizing a contract with Mississippi Power for security cameras around the city and updating internal policies.

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