PINETOP-LAKESIDE — Pinetop-Lakeside Police Chief David Sargent resigned his position with the town Wednesday, Dec. 13, The Independent has learned.
Commander Dan Barnes confirmed Thursday morning that Sargent resigned, but did not comment further. He instead referred all inquiries to Town Manager Keith Johnson.
Johnson was attending a meeting in Show Low on Thursday morning and was not immediately available for comment.
Sargent, via text message, confirmed to The Independent that he had, indeed, resigned Wednesday, simply stating, “Yes, I did.” However, he did not provide a reason.
He started with the department more than 14 years ago as a patrol officer, then was promoted to sergeant, commander and, finally, chief.
Before arriving in Pinetop-Lakeside, he served 13 years with the Salt Lake County (Utah) Sheriff’s Office.