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Charleston police chief resigns

Thursday, August 24, 2006

CHARLESTON -- The city of Charleston is looking for a new police chief.

Paul A. Johnson, director of the Charleston Department of Public Safety, turned in his written resignation Tuesday, according to City Manager Dave Brewer.

"It's effective Oct. 8," Brewer said. "We're just going to start the process of looking for a new chief."

Brewer said the process includes placing advertisements seeking applicants for the position in local newspapers and that they also plan to place an advertisement in the Missouri Municipal League's magazine.

As the next edition of the magazine won't be out until Sept. 17 or 18, Brewer said, he doesn't anticipate having the position filled before Johnson's last day as chief.

As for the department's leadership upon Johnson stepping down from the position, "we'll probably go with the chain of command that's there," Brewer said.

Capt. Bobby Hearnes is presently the highest ranking officer under Johnson.

Johnson became interim director for the department on June 13, 2002, following the departure of Richard Couch from the position. In August 2002, he was hired as the department's director.

A native of Scott County and a Scott County Central High School graduate, Johnson graduated from the Southeast Missouri State University Law Enforcement Academy in May 1993 and began his career in the Mississippi County Sheriff's Reserve.

In 1994, he was hired by the Scott County Sheriff's Department as a jailer-

dispatcher and worked his way up to be a road officer and investigator.

He joined the Charleston DPS as a detective in January of 2000.

Attempts to reach Johnson for comment on his resignation were unsuccessful as of presstime.

Brewer said Johnson did not give him a reason for the resignation.