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Ellis explains his Chief of Police resignation
Tuesday, 07.15.2014, 12:59pm (GMT-5)

By Kelly Rupp
“I stepped down for the good of the department. It seemed I had become somewhat of a focal point and the city and department were getting lost in the shuffle. I essentially stepped down in an attempt to put principles above personalities,” said William Ellis, referring to his decision to step down from his elected position as Chief of Police and his salaried position of Watch Commander.
Ellis submitted his resignation to the Minco City Council at the July 7 meeting. He asked the Council to allow him to step down to a patrolman position and the Council accepted that request.
Ellis’ employment status was placed on the March City Council agenda as an executive session item. The Council voted to reprimand Ellis and reevaluate his performance in 60 days; however, the item was tabled at the June meeting and placed on the July agenda.
The uncertainty of his employment status affected his job.
“It was starting to interfere with me doing my job, the job I was sworn to do. Somewhere in the back of my mind on every call and traffic stop I thought, ‘Will this call be the reason they fire me?’” Ellis said.
“To continuously table whether or not to fire me seemed as though they were continuously holding a sword over my head,” Ellis said.
Ellis also found himself under scrutiny by the Sheriff’s Department when a local news channel aired a report of allegations of Ellis not responding to police calls from an elderly Minco resident. Further investigation revealed that a Grady County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted the television station with the information. Sheriff Weir also ran a critical column about Ellis and other Minco elected officials in area newspapers when the mayor did not place the Sheriff’s proposed cross-deputization on the Council agenda. These incidents might also have played a role in Ellis’ decision to step down.
“Let me start by saying when Sheriff Weir was running for office I was one of his staunchest supporters. I did as he asked me to do with the cross-deputization agreement, but since I had no power to put something on the agenda, I gave that to the person above me who did have that power. 
“Where Sheriff Weir had a problem was I did not call him to tell him what had happened. I was unaware that was my responsibility,” Ellis said.
Ellis said he was also disappointed when the deputy contacted the television station about the complaints of the Minco citizen.
“I have two problems with that. First, the questions could have been answered with a simple conversation. Second, in light of the Sheriff’s need to bolster resources, a good deal of resources were wasted on this issue. I would have handled it differently,” Ellis said.
Ellis has mixed feelings about his decision to step down, but he is optimistic the change will be for the better.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I missed it. I am hopeful that under new leadership there will not be obstacles to the mission and vision of the department. Sometimes leadership is knowing when to step out of the way.,” Ellis said.
Ellis submitted his resignation to the Minco City Council at the July 7 meeting. He asked the Council to allow him to step down to a patrolman position and the Council accepted that request.
Ellis’ employment status was placed on the March City Council agenda as an executive session item. The Council voted to reprimand Ellis and reevaluate his performance in 60 days; however, the item was tabled at the June meeting and placed on the July agenda.
The uncertainty of his employment status affected his job.
“It was starting to interfere with me doing my job, the job I was sworn to do. Somewhere in the back of my mind on every call and traffic stop I thought, ‘Will this call be the reason they fire me?’” Ellis said.
“To continuously table whether or not to fire me seemed as though they were continuously holding a sword over my head,” Ellis said.
Ellis also found himself under scrutiny by the Sheriff’s Department when a local news channel aired a report of allegations of Ellis not responding to police calls from an elderly Minco resident. Further investigation revealed that a Grady County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted the television station with the information. Sheriff Weir also ran a critical column about Ellis and other Minco elected officials in area newspapers when the mayor did not place the Sheriff’s proposed cross-deputization on the Council agenda. These incidents might also have played a role in Ellis’ decision to step down.
“Let me start by saying when Sheriff Weir was running for office I was one of his staunchest supporters. I did as he asked me to do with the cross-deputization agreement, but since I had no power to put something on the agenda, I gave that to the person above me who did have that power. 
“Where Sheriff Weir had a problem was I did not call him to tell him what had happened. I was unaware that was my responsibility,” Ellis said.
Ellis said he was also disappointed when the deputy contacted the television station about the complaints of the Minco citizen.
“I have two problems with that. First, the questions could have been answered with a simple conversation. Second, in light of the Sheriff’s need to bolster resources, a good deal of resources were wasted on this issue. I would have handled it differently,” Ellis said.
Ellis has mixed feelings about his decision to step down, but he is optimistic the change will be for the better.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I missed it. I am hopeful that under new leadership there will not be obstacles to the mission and vision of the department. Sometimes leadership is knowing when to step out of the way.,” Ellis said.
Kelly Rupp

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