Chickasha police chief resigns over Facebook post

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson resigned Wednesday, City Manager Stewart Fairburn confirmed Thursday. Adamson, who had served as Chickasha’s police chief for about two years, came under fire recently for a post he shared on Facebook.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014
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— Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson resigned Wednesday after coming under fire for sharing a Facebook post that included a racial slur, a city official said.

Adamson recently shared a video clip on Facebook from the movie “Role Models,” City Manager Stewart Fairburn said. The clip included a caption that showed a variation of the N-word.

Adamson told the city manager he did not notice the caption was there when he shared the post, Fairburn said. When it was brought to Adamson’s attention, he immediately removed it and apologized to his officers, Fairburn said.

Attempts to reach Adamson were not successful Thursday.

Some members of the police department signed a letter expressing concerns about the incident, Fairburn said.

Adamson had served as Chickasha’s police chief for about two years. Assistant Police Chief Shannon McClain is serving as interim police chief, Fairburn said.

Before taking over as Chickasha’s police chief in October 2012, Adamson served as police chief in Guymon for about five years, according to biographical information on the city of Chickasha’s website. Before that, he served as a law enforcement officer in Forrest City, Ark., for nearly 17 years.

Adamson has served in a number of law enforcement roles, including as a patrolman, a school resource officer and a special operations commander. He received a senior level certification from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, which is the highest certification awarded to an officer in the state of Arkansas, the website states.

He graduated from East Arkansas Community College and Charter Oak State College in Connecticut.