SALLISAW — Prosecutors have dropped embezzlement charges against Sallisaw's police chief, who had been accused of taking $60 from a city cash fund and later repaying it.
The Sequoyah County District Attorney's Office dismissed the criminal case Tuesday filed against Police Chief Shaloa Edwards, who announced last week that he would resign. Prosecutors had accused Edwards of taking cash from a Sallisaw Police Department fund for personal use, leaving a note in the cash box and later repaying the money.
The case had been set for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson said she sent the dismissal to Sequoyah County District Court "in the interest of justice." She declined further comment to the Southwest Times Record (http://bit.ly/184LUTe ) other than stating, "I believe this to be the best resolution for all parties involved."
Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann also declined to comment on the case.
Edwards announced last week that he would resign as police chief, effective Nov. 30. He said his resignation had nothing to do with the dismissal of the criminal charges.
"They weren't going to leave me alone. ... And my heart wasn't in it anymore," Edwards said.
Sallisaw's police chief since 2005, Edwards said he hasn't decided what he'll do next. He's pondered going into business, perhaps a restaurant such as a burger joint.
"I don't have to be in a big hurry. I'm confident God will open another door for me," Edwards said.
The city hasn't decided whether to hire an interim police chief, Vann said. The police chief position comes up for election in February with the filing period beginning in December.
Edwards filed a civil suit last February after the Sallisaw City Commission passed an ordinance allowing the city manager to assume supervision of the police department. In August, a special judge ruled in Edwards' favor and ordered to city to immediately reinstate his authority over the police department.
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