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nb chief and city part ways

Thursday, September 21, 2017 14:59 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

New Buffalo and its longtime police chief have parted ways.

Larry Pitchford, who had been on the force about 40-years, became chief after Chuck Heit in January of 2003 left to become undersheriff at the Berrien County Sheriff's Office.

The New Buffalo City Council Tuesday night approved a separation agreement without explanation.

City Manager David Richards said no reason could be given because of it being a personnel matter and denied speculation that politics had something to do with it.

''It was mutually agreed to have a mutual agreement,'' said Richards.

Pitchford would not comment.

Ray Kirkus, a former member of the city's planning commission, said the departure of Pitchford extends an already long string of municipal workers and elected officals being replaced over the past two-years.

''Everybody else has either been let go or left town,'' said Kirkus.

No timetable has been announced on naming a replacement.

Richards has been city manager since January.
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