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January 22, 2014

Elwood Police Chief Hanna to resign

Resignation effective

ELWOOD, Ind. —

Elwood Chief of Police Sam Hanna has announced he will resign his position.

A press release from the office of Mayor Ron Arnold on Wednesday indicated the resignation will be effective Feb. 11. The release reads, "Due to concerns over how the Federal Hatch Act will affect his run for Madison County Sheriff, Chief Sam Hanna has tendered his resignation."

Arnold also tapped current Assistant Chief Phil Caldwell as the new chief after Hanna leaves. According to the release, the transition of day-to-day leadership responsibilities for the department will begin immediately.

On Wednesday, Hanna said he resigned from the position to pursue his bid for the office of Madison County sheriff and to spend more time with his family. The general election to determine who will succeed current Sheriff Ron Richardson will take place in November. Hanna will seek the Republican Party's nomination in the May primary.

"I have been chief of police for last two years, and I have worked with some of the best police I've known in a 40-year career," Hanna said. "The amount of calls they take on daily basis with limited resources, I think they did an awesome job."

After retiring from the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Hanna has served as chief in Elwood for two years, which has been a tumultuous period for the Arnold administration. Over that time, it has been revealed that Arnold is under investigation by the state police for unnamed circumstances and Arnold's three sons have faced legal trouble in three separate incidents, including the arson of the State Plating building in 2012 and allegations of child and drug abuse in 2013.

In 2013, Arnold was also admonished by Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings for continuing to allow Elwood Police Department, and not outside agencies, to investigate incidents involving he and his family. Arnold was also given a "vote of no confidence" by Elwood's Fraternal Order of Police and was asked by four members of the City Council to resign his office.

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