Millington mayor accepts police chief's resignation

Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas
Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas

(WMC-TV) - The former Millington mayor, who resigned amid a corruption scandal, sounds off about the police chief who is now calling it quits as well.

Action News 5 learned of Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas' resignation on Tuesday night. Wednesday, it was confirmed by the city's interim mayor, who accepted the chief's resignation.

The resignation will be effective 5 p.m. Friday.

"Chief Ray Douglas shared with me his desires, after almost 40 years of police work, to seek other avenues," said Interim Mayor Linda Carter.

Former Mayor Richard Hodges showed up to hear that Douglas' replacement will be Lieutenant Rita Stanback.

Hodges resigned earlier this year following a raid of city offices and criminal charges of using city resources to settle gambling debts.

Investigators say Chief Douglas was present during card games at a local transmission shop. And while Hodges hired Douglas, the former mayor told Action News 5 that the two no longer speak.

"Everyone knows we had our differences. You couldn't tell a hard-headed sucker what to do and that's not detrimental, that's just his nature, being a Memphis police officer 35 years, my opinion is you get pretty opinionated," said former mayor Hodges.

Mayor Carter said Douglas' resignation is unrelated to the corruption case, but it provides another opportunity for a clean slate for the city of Millington.

Chief Douglas was not able to be reached for comment.

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