Arlington police chief resigns abruptly

ARLINGTON — Police Chief Nelson Beazley resigned late Monday night after three and a half years on the job.

Beazley will receive five months of severance pay under the terms of his contract, public records indicate.

A city news release sent Tuesday did not detail the chief’s reasons for leaving.

Beazley, 58, came to Arlington after retiring from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in California. He’d earlier described seeing Arlington’s historic downtown and being sold on the small-town feel.

As chief, Beazley’s efforts included work on initiatives regarding heroin use and homelessness.

In his resignation letter to Mayor Barbara Tolbert, Beazley thanked the city for giving him the chance to serve as chief.

“I will always have fond memories of the many remarkable people I have had the opportunity to meet in this community,” he wrote.

Beazley also will be paid for unused vacation and sick time.

The Arlington Police Department has about two dozen officers serving a city of 18,000.

The police chief position pays about $120,900. Cmdr. Brian DeWitt is serving as acting chief.

In response to Beazley’s resignation letter, Tolbert wrote:

“We wish you well in your future endeavors.”

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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