Douglasville police chief Chris Womack is resigning his post under a recently amended early retirement policy, city manager Bill Osborne told Channel 2 Action News.
Osborne said that city council “… had recently amended their early retirement policy and, under those changes, chief Womack qualified for early retirement which he decided would be in his best interest to pursue.”
Womack, 48, was suspended with pay earlier this year during an independent investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office into allegations that he used excessive force against a driver during a high speed pursuit in March. The driver, Morris Tommy Slaughter, was chased until he crashed along I-20. Womack, who said he did nothing wrong, was cleared of any wrong doing and returned to work in June.
While Womack’s resignation won’t be technically effective until the end of August, Osborne said, he is owed vacation time which he will take starting Friday.
Deputy chief Gary Sparks will take over as the interim chief “until the council decides on what to do with the position at their monthly meeting in September,” Osborne told Channel 2.
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