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Elkhart police chief resigns amid department scrutiny

 Ed Windbigler and Todd Thayer
Ed Windbigler and Todd Thayer (WNDU)
Published: Dec. 10, 2018 at 10:33 PM EST
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Ed Windbigler has resigned from his position as chief of the Elkhart Police Department, effective Monday, Dec. 10.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese announced the resignation in a press release late Monday night. Windbigler was the police chief for about three years; Neese appointed him to the position in January 2016.

Windbigler's resignation comes after

at the beginning of November.

Windbigler was also serving a

that was scheduled to end Monday, Dec. 17, and

of the department's policies and practices, specifically regarding police discipline and use of force.

“This was a difficult decision, and after much consideration, I have decided to seek new leadership of the Elkhart Police Department,” Neese said in the release. “I appreciate Ed’s service to the Police Department and our community, and I wish him the very best.”

Assistant Chief Todd Thayer will remain in his current role as interim police chief until a replacement is named.