Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

Baldwin officer resigns

July 12, 2001

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Baldwin City Administrator Larry Paine said Wednesday that Glendon H. Rhea turned in a brief resignation letter Monday. It was effective immediately.

Rhea, with the department a little more than two years, is under investigation for possible misconduct as a police officer. The investigation, launched little more than a week ago, is being handled by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Highway Patrol.

Rhea's resignation won't affect the investigation, Paine said. It is expected to be complete in 30 days.

Rhea, 27, was put on administrative leave with pay June 28 pending outcome of the investigation.

Rhea also is charged in Douglas County District Court with driving under the influence of alcohol. Rhea is accused of wrecking a vehicle he was driving on East 1600 Road near North 900 Road early July 4 . He was not hurt and was taken to the Douglas County Jail after the accident. He was released on bond and is to appear in court July 19.

The KBI investigation also is focusing on departmental procedures, Paine said. No other officers, however, have been placed on leave.

Paine and other city officials are not commenting on what the possible misconduct might be.

Rhea was contacted Wednesday by telephone but declined comment.

-- Staff writer Mike Belt can be reached at 832-7165.

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