Police chief will not work with mayor who is also a comedian

FILE PHOTO - In this Nov. 2, 2011, file photo, stand-up comedian Drew Hastings, then the Republican nominee running for mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, points out sites of interest outside the Highland County Courthouse in Hillsboro, Ohio. Two-term Hillsboro, Ohio, Mayor Drew Hastings, a veteran stand-up comedian, was found not guilty by a Highland County jury Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, after the Republican politician was accused of abusing his power as mayor of the small Ohio city of some 6,600 people, about 60 miles east of Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) – The police chief in a small Ohio city says he can no longer “in good conscious” work with the mayor, who also moonlights as a stand-up comedian.

Hillsboro Police Chief Todd Whited resigned Monday, in a move that Mayor Drew Hastings says was not a surprise.

Whited sent an email to Hillsboro City Council members, criticizing them for allowing Drew “to commit his acts of malfeasance.” In the email, Whited expressed his displeasure with Drew’s recent acquittal on charges that accused him of abusing his power.

Hastings says Whited made it clear that he wanted him forced out of office and that the former chief realized his “personal crusade” failed after he was found not guilty.

The mayor says he will appoint an interim police chief.


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