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Marshall police chief Campa resigns

April 24, 2017 at 10:09 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2017 at 10:09 p.m.

Jesus "Eddie" Campa

Marshall Police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa tendered his resignation with the Marshall Police Department around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

“I submitted my letter of resignation today,” Campa said on Monday. “I have made the decision to step aside to pursue other opportunities that have developed. After speaking to my family, we believe it is the right time to do that right now.”

Campa would not elaborate on what those opportunities were. Campa also denied his resignation had anything to do with recent allegations from the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA), which accused the chief of inappropriately monitoring officer’s vehicles and chastising employees for speaking out against his administration.

“Those TMPA allegations are all false and baseless,” Campa said.

TMPA North Texas Representative Clint McNear said Campa’s resignation was the best thing for the community.

“He was made aware Friday that things were continuing to move ahead and we were continuing with more open records requests and said he would announce (his plans) today,” TMPA North Texas Representative Clint McNear said Monday. McNear said though the TMPA will no longer be moving forward with complaints against Campa in the wake of his resignation, McNear did not want to comment on what records were requested and what ‘things’ had been progressing. Campa said he had no such interaction with McNear or TMPA and did not prematurely announce his resignation.

“We’re glad,” McNear said of Campa’s resignation. “Marshall folks are glad and the Marshall Police Department is glad. We believe Campa making this decision was best for everyone involved.”

Campa put in his 60-day notice Monday, per his contract. According to a press release sent by the city, the city may use its discretion to accept the resignation immediately. The release also states Campa’s last day of employment will be Wednesday.

In the release, City Manager Lisa Agnor thanked Campa for his years of service.

“I appreciate Chief Campa’s hard work for the Marshall Police Department and wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Agnor said, adding she had not outlined a specific timeline for his replacement. “We have great people in the department who can ensure that the citizens and businesses of Marshall continue to receive the highest level of public safety. I will work diligently to find a leader who can continue to work with our department and our community.”

Campa was appointed August 2014. Calls to Mayor Eric Neal concerning whether or not an interim chief has been selected were not returned.

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