Confronted privately with new allegations of impropriety, Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey decided to resign the post he has held for nearly seven years, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations for his departure.
City officials had been investigating allegedly inappropriate comments he made to someone visiting a city fire station. They began working to secure his exit after the probe expanded to include the new allegations, which the source declined to detail.
Stacey's resignation could come as soon as today and will be announced formally in a joint statement issued by the city and Stacey's attorney.
Stacey faced a deadline of noon Tuesday to tell the city via his attorney whether he would resign after a telephone call last week in which city representatives laid out the new allegations unrelated to the fire station comment, the person said.
Stacey also agreed that he would no longer work as a volunteer with the Bellevue Fire Department, the person said.
He will receive the same pension and benefits whether he resigns or is fired.
Neither Stacey nor Bellevue City Administrator Dan Berlowitz could be reached for comment late Tuesday.
Stacey had previously said he wanted to return to his job as police chief and his role as a Bellevue paramedic. He had served as Bellevue's volunteer fire chief from 1984 until 1998.
In recent weeks, Stacey also has been pulled into the orbit of the investigations of former Gretna City Administrator Colleen Lawry, who has been accused of stealing money from that city's senior citizens fund. She was fired after the state auditor reported that she had improperly spent city funds.
During four overlapping out-of-state trips over six months, Lawry and Stacey charged thousands of dollars to their respective employers.
Stacey said he was representing the Bellevue Fire Department at training conferences. Lawry said she was on city business researching outlet malls.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov charged Stacey and Lawry with misdemeanors after Stacey provided her with a handgun several months ago.
Lawry had no certificate to possess a handgun, Polikov said, and Stacey knew it.
Stacey's attorney, James Martin Davis, has said the chief committed no crime and called the filing a “miscarriage of justice.”
An investigator seized a .38-caliber Taurus handgun from Lawry's home May 4.
Stacey has acknowledged that the gun is his, saying he had lent it to her temporarily.
Stacey has been on administrative leave since May 2 as the city investigated the original April 30 remark. Stacey's attorneys have said he made an innocent joke.
Capt. Mark Elbert has filled in as Bellevue's acting police chief.
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