Sean Stoops replacing Jack Miller as Avon Police chief

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Avon Police Chief Jack Miller is out of a job, and he's being replaced by Lt. Sean Stoops.

Avon's town manager told Eyewitness News Miller was "not reappointed" to his position after serving as chief for seven years.

Lt. Stoops, who oversees the Investigations Division, has been promoted to Chief of Police for Avon, effective April 8, 2014.

Stoops was one of the first six officers hired as an Avon Police Officer in 1997. He was promoted to Detective in 2000 and became the supervisor of the Investigations Division in 2004.

"I'd like to thank Jack Miller for his service to the Avon Community and wish him well. I look forward to working with Sean regarding public safety matters," said Avon Town Council President Marcus Turner.

Avon's assistant police chief Bill Weems also resigned his position Monday. City leaders said while he resigned as assistant chief, he did not resign from the department.

These changes in leadership follow months of complaints within the police department. Documents obtained by Eyewitness News show officers dating back to September complained about Chief Miller's behavior and treatment of other officers.

The documents show several officers were upset by Miller's decision to promote Weems to assistant chief. Complaints also alleged "extreme verbal abuse" by Miller to his officers, including "cursing and profane language." In another instance, the complaint alleged Chief Miller's anger escalated into an argument and he reportedly told officers, "I feel like I should just go home and shoot myself."

Avon's town council president responded to an Eyewitness News request for more information about the complaints by saying the allegations were resolved by the previous council president and because they did not result in Miller's demotion or termination, no further documents would be released under Indiana's Freedom of Information laws.

For now, it's not clear if those complaints led to the police shakeup at the top of Avon's ranks.

A town council member who spoke with Eyewitness News by phone Monday night said Miller is a man of character who was put in a tough position in a politically charged community.

Now, he's no longer a member of Avon PD.