Danville police chief turns in resignation, will become patrol officer

Citing health reasons, Danville police Chief Jay Newell turned in his resignation Monday night to the Danville City Commission.

Newell said Tuesday he was working on a transition with Assistant Chief Tony Gray, who will become interim chief. Newell will return to being a patrol officer on Monday. He wouldn't give a specific explanation for the job change.

Newell said "personal health issues" are the reason for his voluntary resignation. "I don't want to go into specifics about it, but it's job-related," he said.

Newell, who has been with the department 16 years, has been chief since Oct. 1, 2007. During his tenure, the police department moved across Main Street into a larger space in the remodeled Danville City Hall.

The department also was reaccredited with the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police. "That means we've met all the requirements for policies, facilities and training to meet accreditation standards," Newell said.

The department has been accredited since 2006, he said.

Gray has been assistant chief for more than six years. "He's going to do a fine job, and I have all the faith in the world in him," Newell said.

The Danville department has 32 sworn officers, and another will join next year when he finishes training, Newell said.