Police association alleges that former Diboll PD chief made 'racial remarks,' acted unprofessionally

Police association alleges that former Diboll PD chief made 'racial remarks,' acted unprofessionally

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - According to the Texas Municipal Police Association's Website, the allegations against former Diboll Police Chief Ricky Conner involved him making “racial remarks” and exhibiting unprofessional behavior.”

Conner resigned as Diboll's police chief following a closed session by the town's city council Monday night.

A comment on the TMPA Website stated that Diboll officers are now able to move on in the wake of Conner's voluntary resignation.

“TMPA Field Rep. Leighton Guanere has been working with these brave officers for several weeks,” the comment on the TMPA Website stated. “Despite their fear of retaliation, the officers came to TMPA for help dealing with racial remarks and unprofessional behavior by their chief.”

Conner was placed on suspension with pay on Aug. 7 pending the city attorney's investigation into then-unspecified allegations that had been made against Conner.

When the Diboll City Council met Monday night, they went into executive session to discuss how to handle the situation involving Conner. After they met in executive session for more than an hour, the council members returned with news that Conner had 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."

Monday night, Diboll City Manager Dennis McDuffie refused to elaborate on the allegations made against Conner.

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.

"These guys didn't feel comfortable to go through their normal chain of command and address issues, so they reached out to us," said Kevin Lawrence, the executive director with TMPA. "And we basically served as a conduit. We took the information from them and went to the mayor and city attorney and conveyed that information."

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