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Hardeeville's police chief resigns

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HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) -

The city of Hardeeville nolonger has a police chief.

WTOC has learned thatRichard Nagy has resigned after almost 7 years of service in Hardeeville.

City Attorney Tom Johnson, who is also the actinginterim city manager, said he was planning to address the issue with councilmembers next Thursday before the news leaked out.

But two big questions still remain: why did heleave and who will serve as the interim police chief?

According to the town of Hardeeville's website,Richard Nagy brought 30 years of law enforcement experience when he acceptedthe job of Police Chief in June 2007.

But that all changed earlier this week when Nagyhanded in his resignation.

"He decided to leave, and that happenssometimes," said Hardeeville City Attorney Tom Johnson.

Nagy has been on vacation since the beginning ofthe week. City Attorney Tom Johnson said he talked to Nagy prior to theresignation but doesn't really know why he left.

"He might be happier somewhere else or have abetter opportunity somewhere else. Chief Nagy was a highly qualified individualand I have nothing but good things to say about his work," said Johnson.

There are questions about whether Nagy's resignationstemmed from the Nov. 10incident between Hardeeville police officers and Councilman Sal Arzillo.

A video provided by South Carolina Law EnforcementDivision showed Arzillo arguing with an officer during an active policeinvestigation.

Arzillo declined to be interviewed on camera but did say he was surprised byNagy's resignation.

He addedthat there were issues between Nagy and the police department before and afterthat incident.

Johnson, however, said it's not the direct causeand effect.

"A rooster crows and thinks he makes the suncome up but he really doesn't so I think it's unfortunate if people drawcertain conclusions just because of the connection of certain events to otherevents," he said.

Efforts to contact Hardeeville Mayor BroncoBostick and the police department were not returned.

 

Nagy joined the Hardeeville Police Dept. in June 2007 and has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, according to the city's website.

Before his position as chief, he was the deputy director of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Read the full bio here

No official word yet on who will serve asHardeeville's interim police chief.

 

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