Residents tell city council they want their police chief back

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The St. John City Council held another regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, and many residents came for one agenda item.  It was to get their former police chief back.

Last week, former police chief Adam Sayler said the city asked him to resign after an executive session.

Since his resignation, the city is down to only one officer, and residents said they are concerned for the city’s safety. 

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, multiple residents showed up to support Sayler.

“I would like to see him brought back,” said resident Jay Rittel. “He’s a good friend.” 

The meeting opened up with multiple residents raising their concerns for the city.

“Announcing that we’re down to one officer to half the state of Kansas doesn’t exactly go well with officer safety, and I think we can all agree on that,” resident Jerrod Taylor said.  “Our governing board is comprised of elected officials. We put them there to make decisions based on our behalf, even when we don’t know all the details of the decision.”

And other residents said they came to fight certain council members.

“We voted you in to represent us and not your own personal agendas,” said resident Brenda Heyen. “We can, and we will vote you out.” 

City officials accepted the motion of Sayler’s letter of resignation and are still continuing to find a new chief. 

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