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Chris Bailey says 2004 arrest ‘has nothing to do’ with abrupt resignation

Chris Bailey returning to IMPD

The former IMPD deputy chief resigned from his new post as a North Carolina police chief after less than two months on the job.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Chris Bailey, a former deputy chief with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, announced plans to resign from his post as a North Carolina police chief after less than two months on the job.

Bailey left IMPD to lead the Asheville Police Department in western North Carolina.

His first day as chief of police was July 29; his last day will be Sept. 27, according to Asheville officials.

A press release issued Wednesday by the city of Asheville attributed Bailey’s abrupt resignation to personal matters “which need his attention.”

“The city is aware of the circulation of information regarding charges against Chief Bailey,” the release states. “Chief Bailey was involved in an incident that resulted in a misdemeanor. This information was voluntarily shared by the chief at the beginning of the interview process and is in no way related to his decision to resign.”

Indianapolis officials declined to comment on Bailey’s 2004 arrest and misdemeanor conviction. Court records associated with the incident were “sealed and expunged,” according to a source familiar with the case, and are not publicly accessible.

Bailey said he had “paid the price” for his actions 15 years ago and worked to “right the wrongs of [his] past.”

“It had absolutely nothing to do with this decision,” Bailey said Wednesday in a phone interview with News 8. “This was solely based on doing what was best for me and my family, and I’m happy with that decision.”

His wife and children stayed in Indiana when he moved to North Carolina. The separation created unexpected challenges for the family, Bailey said.

“I have a pretty young family,” he said. “My wife and I talked about moving and being separated for a period of time so that my kids could complete school… It all sounds good until you put it in practice. There are issues that are hard for me to deal with when I’m 7 hours away and that burden falls on my wife; she’s a superstar. It came to a point where I had to make a decision whether or not I could last several more months. I can’t put one foot in each camp and hope to do the job well. I chose my family over this position.”

Bailey remained an IMPD employee during his stint in Asheville and was paid in full for accrued time off, an IMPD spokesperson told News 8.

He will return to IMPD in early October at his merit rank of captain, the department said in a statement.

“I miss my hometown,” Bailey told News 8. “I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss that fantastic city. I can’t wait to get back.”


Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

It’s a battle of the chilis, all for a worthy cause.

In our kitchen this morning, Rick Hopkins, Director of Food and Beverage, Carmel Market District, and Tim Griffin, Firefighter/EMT/Public Information Officer, tell us about an event that features food, fire trucks and fun for the entire family!

Carmel Market District and Firefighter Tim go HEAD-TO-HEAD in a Chili cookoff!

• In celebration of National Chili Day (Feb. 27) , Carmel Market District and the Carmel Fire Department are going head-to-head in a chili cookoff!
• In the afternoon of Sunday, February 23, the foodie destination will compete against Carmel firefighters in the Battle of the Chili Bowls. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating c`hilis with all sorts of delicious dippers – including cornbread – and vote for their winning bowl!
• The grand prize includes a donation made to the firehouse charity of their choice.
• Carmel Market District is heatin’ things up with its delicious, homemade chili recipes that are sure to keep Firefighter Tim on his toes! From cactus chili to white bean chicken, Market District has its eye on the prize for the Battle of the Chili Bowls!
• Attendees will have the opportunity to sample the participating chilis with all sorts of delicious sides and dippers, including cornbread, Crazy Charlie’s salsa and many more.
• In conjunction with National Chili Day, the store refuses to lose sight of another wonderful foodie day – National Margarita Day (Feb 22)!
• Whether you want to grab all the ingredients in-store, or stop into Table, Hoosiers can perfectly pair their warm cup of chili with a nice, cold margarita this weekend.

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