As many as 12 Newton Police Department officers, including employees and volunteer reserves, are said to have resigned from the department since former Chief John Beistline left office earlier this month.
But Newton Mayor Lehman Irby assured residents the town still has officers and is in the process of hiring more.
Irby said he could not answer why the other officers resigned, but said the town has hired one full-time officer and is in search of at least two more in addition to those already on staff.
He did not say specifically how many officers are with the department.
“Rest assured, the town has the same level of police coverage as before,” he said. “Myself and the council are dedicated to providing quality police protection to our citizens and will accept nothing less.”
Irby said earlier he is hopeful John Gresham, who also served as Daleville’s interim chief before, will be appointed permanently as Newton’s chief soon. Irby said Gresham began serving about two weeks ago, when Irby said Beistline resigned for a “better opportunity.”
Beistline had served as chief for the town since at least 2008.
Irby said the town has yet to advertise for the police chief’s position and that he is hopeful Gresham will agree to serve permanently.