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Lynch quits

Palmer Police Chief resigns, cites City Council as reason
For a year the citizens of Palmer have wondered what would become of Chief of Police Scott Lynch.
His future has been in jeopardy several times due to fractious appearances before the Palmer City Council.
Following Lynch’s effort to overturn a written reprimand from Palmer City Administrator Doug Young, which the Council unanimously rejected at this month’s meeting, the police chief has now turned in his resignation.
“I was tired of all the crap,” Lynch said of the past year’s battle with the City Council. “It had taken a toll on me both physically and mentally. I could tell it wasn’t over. It wasn’t about to be over. It came down to a decision of what was good for my health.”
Lynch’s resignation comes on the heels of a written warning and months after a paid vacation the city forced on the chief during Palmer administration’s investigation of the police department. A decision was never given regarding the probe and is still considered an open case. According to Lynch, his decision to step down as chief of police was due to his feeling that he had no support from the City Council.
“I felt it wasn’t going to end with me retaining my job,” Lynch said.
Sgt. John Zaidle is currently protecting Palmer, stepping in as Acting Chief of Police. Young said it has yet to be determined what the long-term plan is for the position of chief of police. The City Council will need to consider options before committing to a game plan, he added.
“Lynch’s resignation came as a surprise to the City of Palmer,” Young said.
Lynch stated he doesn’t plan to move from Palmer but he is considering work in the private sector of law enforcement.
“I appreciate all the support from the people attending those meetings,” Lynch said about leaving his post. “I apologize if it upsets them, but this was best for my physical and mental well-being.”

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