Police Chief Rob Williams is resigning. His last day of work will be Sept. 4.
Williams announced his resignation Tuesday in an email to his staff.
Williams was sued in March by five former city officers after they were suspended without pay. He suspended the officers on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer, failure to conform to rules and regulations, insubordination, inefficiency and dereliction of duty.
Luke Morgan, who represents the officers, said a ruling on an appeal of those suspensions is expected soon from Bourbon Circuit Judge Robert Johnson.
Williams’ “abrupt resignation” shows that the “chickens have come home to roost,” Morgan said.
Williams said in an interview Tuesday that his resignation and the lawsuit are unrelated. He is proud of his 26 officers and of his 31 years working as a police officer, he said.
Williams, who has been police chief for six years, previously worked for the Lexington Police Department.