Hobart police chief to step down

2012-02-23T12:10:00Z 2013-01-15T18:34:17Z Hobart police chief to step downBy Deborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Police Chief David Evans is stepping down effective today, Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

Snedecor called the resignation a mutual agreement between him and Evans, who has served as the city's top police officer for the past two years.

"It's time for some new vision," Snedecor said. "He and I agreed at this point it's time to move forward. He's served our Police Department and community well and has accomplished many things in the last two years."

Evans said there was no scandal involved in his resignation as chief, but he and the mayor had experienced a "difference of opinions."

"But I'm very much a supporter of the mayor and in moving the Police Department in the direction we're going. ... I will absolutely do everything in my power to help the new chief once named," Evans said.

Evans, who will retain his rank of sergeant, said he hopes to go back into the department's investigations as a detective.

Deputy Police Chief Jeff White will serve as the interim police chief, Snedecor said.

"I will go through a period where I will decide on the replacement of the police chief. I intend to name a new chief in the near future," Snedecor said.

Evans, a 19-year veteran of the Police Department, was sworn in as police chief March 29, 2010.

Evans replaced former Police Chief Rod Gonzalez, who stepped down March 19, 2010, citing personal reasons.

Snedecor did not elaborate on those specific reasons, but city officials in July 2010 confirmed that former police dispatcher Sondra Laco had filed a civil rights complaint against the city.

The complaint was about actions that allegedly occurred while she was working with Gonzalez, said Laco's attorney, Ivan Bodensteiner.

An effort to reach Laco to learn the status of the complaint was unsuccessful.

Gonzalez returned to his rank as sergeant and remains with the department.

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