Georgetown Police Chief Greg Reeves was relieved of his duties Thursday, but it's not clear why.
Neither Mayor Everette Varney nor a spokesperson for the police department was available for comment, but Council Member Brad Penn confirms that Reeves is no longer a city employee. Penn wouldn't discuss what led to the move, but he insists the decision came after a lengthy process. "We have utmost confidence in our mayor and the process by which they follow in order to make a decision like this," Penn said, "This is not an easy decision. This is a long-term employee. This has been an employee who has served the city for a long time, so this would not be a knee-jerk reaction by any form or fashion."
Despite the absence of a chief Penn says he's confident the department can operate smoothly, and the public can feel safe as police officials work to determine a command structure. "That's going to be something that's going to need to be cleared up," Penn said, "We do have two captains on the police department. It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume they would takeover some of those command positions and decisions."
For now it's unclear from city officials when a replacement chief could be appointed. Penn says the city will eventually advertise for a replacement and review multiple candidates. In the meantime an interim chief could be named.