Former IMPD deputy chief resigns as Asheville chief after 2 months


ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WISH) — A former deputy chief with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has abruptly resigned his new post as chief of a North Carolina police department.

Chris Bailey left IMPD to become the chief of police in Asheville earlier this year.

He will be leaving his post after about two months on the job. A news release from the city of Asheville says he will resign on Sept. 27 “for personal reasons.”

The city says Bailey’s resignation is not related to a misdemeanor charge from 15 years ago, saying information was shared during the interview process.

IMPD said Bailey has remained an employee of IMPD, as he was continuing to be paid for accrued time off, and “will be returning at his merit rank of captain at the beginning of next month.”

Resigning as Asheville police chief “was not an easy decision and I struggled with it for a while,” Bailey said Wednesday in a phone interview with News 8. “I have a pretty young family (still in Indianapolis). 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. That distance caused unanticipated things.”

He thanked the city of Asheville and said he looked forward to his return to Indianapolis.

“There are issues that are hard for me to deal with when I’m seven hours away and that burden falls on my wife; she’s a superstar,” Bailey told News 8. “It came to a point where I had to make a decision. … I can’t put one foot in each camp and hope to do the job well. I chose my family over this position.”

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