Former IMPD Deputy resigns from new post in NC, will return to IMPD

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Former IMPD Deputy Chief Chris Bailey has resigned from his new post as Chief of the Asheville, North Carolina police department after about a month on the job.

The longtime metro officer still holds his IMPD captain rank and the department said he will return at the beginning of next month.

In a release from the Asheville Police Department, the city said the resignation is due to "personal reasons which need his attention."

"I appreciate the opportunity and confidence the City Manager and selection committee had in me to lead the great women and men of the Asheville Police Department. I cannot say enough great things about my experience here. The support I have received from the police department, city management and community has been incredible. It has been heartbreaking for me to come to this decision after being embraced by so many."

- Chris Bailey

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell said the news is disappointing for the city, but the city will continue to look for a chief who "demonstrates the ability to meaningfully connect with the community and fellow police officers."

Campbell said she respected Bailey's decision.

Bailey worked his way up through the ranks in Indiana's largest city police force from patrolman. Bailey developed relationships with community leaders as far back as the early 2000s when he worked as a neighborhood resource officer in what’s affectionately know as The Meadows. He has held numerous supervisory positions including North District commander, where he patrolled some of Indy's highest crime areas.

Bailey got into trouble on the force during a personal situation at home that lead to his arrest for domestic battery. That case went on the court books as a misdemeanor, allowing Bailey to keep his job.

The City of Asheville said in the release it is aware of those charges, and Bailey voluntarily shared the information during the interview process. The release said the charges are "in no way related to his decision to resign."

"The incident took place 15 years ago and was not associated with his service as a police officer," the release says.

Bailey's family remained in the Indianapolis area after he started his job in North Carolina. He will likely return to IMPD as a captain. Asheville Police Department said his last day would be Sept. 27.

The department hopes to have a new chief in place by January 2020. In the meantime, a retired chief who has served in Denver, Louisville and Greensboro, North Carolina will step in beginning Oct. 1.