The man who led Nashville's Police Department for the past ten years quit on the spot Monday night at the city council meeting. Nashville city officials say Police Chief John Clayton's resignation came as a shock at the city council meeting.
Chief Clayton confirmed to WALB late Tuesday that he is now the police chief in Pearson.
Mayor Travis Harper describes the announcement. "I asked if he had anything for the council, he stood up was looking very emotional and placed his badge in front of me and said 'Thank you sir,' and walked out." The mayor said.
After ten years of service Clayton's resignation leaves many puzzled.
"There had been some discussion at previous council meetings about the way things had been going in the police department," said Harper. "But the city manager, the assistant city manager, and himself, along with the major at the police department were working towards fixing some of the problems that we had."
Harper says for the past two weeks, Clayton has been on sick leave and his patrol car remained at the station.
"I've sensed that he's had some problems recently, but talking with him he felt the department as a whole could move forward with some changes, and as far as I knew he was on board to try and make those changes."
But last night's resignation told a different story. Major Chuck Edwards is interim chief until city officials find someone else.
Multiple sources told us that Chief Clayton started work today as the city of Pearson's Police Chief, but we were not able to reach Clayton or officials in Pearson.