Diboll police chief turns in resignation

Diboll police chief turns in resignation
The council chamber was full of community members
The council chamber was full of community members
Conner's resignation begins Tuesday morning
Conner's resignation begins Tuesday morning

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Diboll's police chief Ricky Conner who had been suspended with pay last week pending an investigation into personal allegations has officially resigned.

The Diboll city council entered in to executive session earlier this evening to discuss how to handle the situation involving the suspended police chief.

After a session that lasted over an hour, the council returned with news that Connor voluntarily stepped down.

"[Connor and his attorney] were kind enough to come in and answer all the questions we had," said City Attorney Jimmy Cassels. "Ricky made a statement to the council and at the end of his statement he tendered his resignation."

Before the closed session, Diboll residents were given a chance to speak during an open forum. Despite a full house, no one stepped up to the microphone.

Connor was put on paid suspension on Aug. 7, after the city began an investigation into personnel allegations.

After the council meeting, City Manager Dennis McDuffie, would not elaborate on those allegations.

"These are basically personnel things that happened in the office," McDuffie said. "It came up through the Texas Municipal Police officers association their concerns and things like that so saying that those documents are with the TMPA so I'm not going to comment on those allegations."

With Connor's resignation, the case appears to be closed.

"Since there is no criminal activity or any allegation of criminal activity, there is nothing for me to investigate," Cassels said.

The Diboll City Council named Conner police chief back in December 2011 after the position remained vacant for most of the year.

Conner started his law enforcement career in Diboll in 1980, and he worked there as an officer until 1990. He spent the next 20 years in law enforcement before he got his chance to return to his home town.

McDuffie said the council will now start to look into replacing Conner. In the interim, Steve Baker will serve as the acting chief of the Diboll Police Department.

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