Rogers Police Chief resigns
by Bob Grawey
Rogers Police Chief Jeff Luther has resigned.
Luther, the target of an official investigation had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 10, along with Rogers Police Sgt. Joleen Pitts.
Though he says he was not disciplined, Luther claims he could not continue as Rogers’ police chief.
“In my present position, I didn’t think I could be effective as chief any longer under this city administrator and this council,” Luther said over the phone Wednesday.
Council members did not find out about the intended resignation until late Tuesday afternoon, and at least one council member only found out about Luther’s resignation when arriving for the Tuesday night council meeting.
Rogers and Luther agreed to a severance package that keeps the former police chief on paid administrative leave through July 24, 2011.
The agreement also will pay Luther the cash equivalent of three months salary as well as accrued vacation time for a total payout of $42,205.75. This is in addition to the paid administrative leave into July.
Luther says he cannot give a lot of details concerning the investigation, due to pending litigation between Pitts and the city.
However, he says the investigation was the result of complaints filed by at least one person in the Rogers Police Department.
Those allegations in January centered around misconduct on the part of Luther and Pitts.
The former chief says he was not disciplined.
“I can’t really talk until I get the results of the investigation.” Luther says. “Then I’ll be in a better position to discuss things. This has been a very difficult times in my life, though.”
Rogers Police Capt. Mike Miller will serve as interim chief until a replacement is hired.