Watts on Roper resignation

Logan Police Chief Russ Roper will be leaving his job at the end of this month. After three years as police chief Roper announced Monday that he is stepping down. He has been with the police department for 21 years. For the second time since he took office less than four years ago Logan Mayor Randy Watts will look for a new police chief. Mayor Watts says everybody has their own style and basically Roper’s style was unpopular with other officers. Watts said he, personally, has had no problems with Roper. “He’s been an excellent officer but his approach in some of the things going on over there it’s just basically taken the wind out of the sails of the police department,” Watts says. Watts says members of the police department approached him about the change. “They came back to me and collectively it was kind of a uniform effort to say, ‘hey we really do need to change, the morale needs to get better.’ So Russ stepped down in fairness in making sure the police department doesn’t, didn’t slide any further.” Roper was hired after former Police Chief Richard Hendricks stepped down several months into the Watts administration. That search was done internally, but Watts says this time it’s open to anyone who wants to be a police chief. “Its going to be open to anybody outside and inside the department,” Watts explained. “It’ll be a huge search for who needs to step in and then run it in the future.” Watts says the police department’s three captains will be running the department until a new police chief is hired.

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