Police Chief Mike McCoy announced Monday night that he was stepping down from his post.
"I have determined that I can no longer continue to oversee this department under these financial constraints. I choose to seek other employment," McCoy said. "In the near future I will be resigning my position as Chief of Police here in Mount Sterling."
McCoy maintained his resignation had nothing to do with his handling of an investigation into the use of a Taser, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
The police department was shut down following the discovery that an officer used a taser on a 9-year-old boy twice on March 6. Investigators said that the boy had an active warrant for truancy and had refused to place his hands behind his back.
Mayor Charles Neff said that McCoy waited two days to tell him about the incident.
McCoy was placed under three days paid suspension after the incident.
According to Neff, the loss of the chief effectively means the end of the village's police department.
"Chief was the only full time police officer we had," said Neff. "The others were part time or volunteers."
Madison County Sheriff Jim Sabin said his office would take on the task of patrolling Mount Sterling and responding to calls in the area, McEntyre reported.
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