City Attorney Tom Ludwig presented an outline of a resignation tender for Police Chief Keith Tarrillion to the Perryville Board of Aldermen in a special meeting Tuesday night. The unofficial resignation was issued through the chief’s lawyer, Frank “Trae” Bertrand.
Ludwig said the unofficial resignation was a result of an allegation that surfaced concerning a particular police report, filed in November 2010.
“It involves the investigation of a police report that was filed concerning a [property] loss at the chief’s residence, and the report was filed under the name of another officer,” Ludwig said Tuesday night. “It involved the loss of damage to a small table and a hot tub.”
Though the police report was filed more than two years ago, Ludwig said this was not something the city has known about “for awhile.”
Ludwig said he expects the official resignation to include information regarding Tarrillion filing the report purposely under another officer’s name. Ludwig said a formal resignation should occur Wednesday after he speaks with Bertrand.
“We expect to see the formal resignation tomorrow after the lawyer and I meet and complete the terms of that resignation,” Ludwig said Tuesday night.
From there, the resignation will be presented to the Board of Aldermen for a vote of approval or non-approval at next Tuesday’s regular city council meeting.
Regardless of the Tarrillion’s resignation, Ludwig said “the city has an ethical obligation to turn the charge over to the appropriate investigating authority,” which he says could be the Missouri Highway Patrol or another investigating agency, but it won’t be investigated by either the Perryville Police Department or the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.
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