Nora Springs police chief resigns after four months

Nora Springs police chief resigns after four months

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NORA SPRINGS - Four months and one day after starting the job of Nora Springs police chief, Howard "Doc" Giles resigned.

Giles, 40, turned in the resignation to the Nora Springs City Council Wednesday afternoon, according to Mayor Roger Schumaker.

"All I can say is that he said it was for personal reasons," Schumaker said Thursday night, declining additional comment.

Giles, a native of New Jersey, started work on Feb. 18. He came to Nora Springs after working two years as a United Nations peacekeeping officer in Kosovo. His resume includes work in homicide investigation, narcotics work and bicycle patrol. He often used his bicycle while on patrol in Nora Springs.

The Nora Springs City Council offered Giles the chief of police position after a series of telephone interviews.

Giles did not return phone messages left by the Globe Gazette Thursday night.

Schumaker said no plans have been developed to fill the position. A special council meeting is set for this afternoon.

"We have not started a search," Schumaker said. "We didn't know this was going to happen. We have applicants for a third officer position. I don't know if we will consider those applications for police chief or if we'll fill the opening for (the) officer position."

Reach Bob Link at 421-0538 or bob.link@globegazette.com.

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