Sherri Knight resigns as New Albany police chief, will stay with force
Sherri Knight submitted this reassignment request on May 20, 2014. (Source: Mayor Jeff Gahan)
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - The chief and assistant chief of the New Albany Police Department have resigned from their appointed positions.
Sherri Knight was the first woman to serve as the NAPD chief.
During a news conference Tuesday, Mayor Jeff Gahan confirmed that Sherri Knight and Greg Pennell resigned from their posts and asked for new duties.
Gahan did not elaborate about the circumstances surrounding the sudden resignations when reporters questioned him.
"The chief resigned today. That's all I'm saying. This issue is our Chief of Police has resigned. And I'm telling you that. You have a copy of the resignation letter. That may not be what you want to hear but that's what I've got to tell you," Gahan said.
In a news release, Gahan said Knight requested a reassignment with the NAPD detective division, adding that it was in her family's best interest that she resign as chief.
Pennell will also be reassigned to the detective division, according to Gahan.
The mayor also said NAPD captains will oversee the department during the interim and the vacancy in the chief's office will be filled soon.
Knight is an 18 year member of the New Albany Police Department.
During her term as chief, Gahan said Knight oversaw the first gun buyback program in city history, upgraded the NAPD fleet of vehicles and reinstated the department's motorcycle division.