Muncie’s police chief submits resignation; mayor releases statement

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MUNCIE, Ind.-- Muncie's police chief abruptly stepped down from his post.

Muncie Police Department Chief Steve Stewart turned in a letter of resignation around 10 a.m. on Monday.

There has been no cause given for the move, but Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler said he had accepted Stewart's resignation. Stewart has been in charge of the department since 2012.

Tyler said the city would soon start the process of finding a replacement.

Here's Tyler's statement on the matter:

Chief of Police Steve Stewart submitted a letter of resignation effective immediately to my office Monday, October 31st at approximately 10am. I have accepted his letter of resignation and beginning the process of selecting a replacement as quickly as possible.

Muncie is blessed with a great group of men and women who represent our Police Department professionally every day.

They do a great job serving and protecting our great City 24 hours a day 365 days a year. That will not change as we go through the transition process to appoint a new Chief of Police.

Stewart had been with the force for 31 years. He was also chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party, a position he resigned from in early September after a disagreement with the mayor.

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