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Euclid police chief resigns amid department controversies

By: Sarah Buduson,
By: Mike Waterhouse,
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Euclid, OH

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EUCLID, Ohio - The city of Euclid’s police chief has turned in his resignation, the city’s Mayor Bill Cervenik confirmed to NewsChannel5.

Cervenik said he and Repicky have been discussing Repicky's resignation for about five weeks.

Cervenik said several factors contributed what he called a "mutual decision" for Repicky to leave his post.

Among those factors, a no confidence vote by Euclid officers concerning Repicky's leadership and the April suicide of Sgt. Kevin Blakeley.

Blakeley, a 28-year veteran of the Euclid Police Department, shot and killed himself inside the police department moments after Repicky told him he was being investigated for missing money from the police evidence room.

Repicky will continue working with the department until December 31, 2011 on special assignments, said Cervenik.

Captain Tom Brickman will serve as the acting chief and oversee the department’s day-to-day operations, according to Cervenik.

NewsChannel5 has left messages for Repicky, but he has not returned our calls.

[Read a copy of the letter that Mayor Cervenik sent to city council. ]

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