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Nickerson police chief quits over race-related hiring dispute

November 19, 2010

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— The police chief of a small southcentral Kansas town has resigned in a hiring dispute with town officials.

Former Nickerson police chief April Addis says she also contacted the Hutchinson chapter of the NAACP because she thought council members didn't want her to hire an officer who is black.

Addis resigned Tuesday night after being reprimanded Nov. 1 by the council.

She told The Hutchinson News Wednesday that the city council didn't object to three previous hires. But she says when she hired a black man who had worked for the Wichita police department, she was told to tell him he was not getting the job.

But Nickerson Mayor Bill Golding and several council members say Addis' reprimand had nothing to do with hiring the black officer. Golding says the council had already discussed having more input in police hiring decisions with Addis.

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Icy_Flame48 3 years, 4 months ago

What does the NAACP have to do with this? Just because the hire skin color is black doesn't negate the fact that the council members asked the police chief that they become more involved. The notion that this was because was a different skin color has absolutely nothing to do with it.

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skinny 3 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the NAACP needs to have a look at this incident!

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