BREAKING: VC Police Chief Will Resign in January

Heidi Harris
Staff Writer

Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson has announced he will resign Jan. 15, 2016, an email from City Administrator David Schelkoph Friday afternoon says.

The chief told Schelkoph in an email, "I have now been in the business of policing for seven years part-time and 32 years full-time. Over those years I have missed countless family gatherings, birthday parties, celebrations, and other events in life that people hold dear in my steadfast desire to serve the public good and to be the best that I could be in my profession.

"I have recently learned that my eighth grandchild, a grandson, will be born in the first part of February 2016. With this in mind I have made the decision that I am not going to miss spending time with this grandchild as I have done way to often with the others."

Schelkoph said, "It is with regret that I accept the resignation of our Chief of Police. Chief Thompson was hired in July of 2013. His three-and-a-half years of service and leadership brought the Valley City Police Department stability and clarity of purpose. From vehicle and equipment purchases, to policy and procedure directives, Chief Thompson has implemented changes that build upon the high expectation of service and professionalism that our city deserves. The citizens of Valley City are safer because of Chief Thompson’s work."