Sunday, August 21, 2011

Surprise police sergeant who was under investigation resigns

A former assistant police chief in Surprise who was undergoing a department investigation abruptly resigned Monday.

Police Chief Mike Frazier would not say why Scott Connelly was being investigated.

Connelly, who was contacted by The Republic on Tuesday, would say only that his resignation was for "personal reasons." He declined to comment on the internal investigation.

"You'll need to check with them on it," he said. "I'm not sure what it is they're going to release."

Frazier said he was considering firing Connelly before he decided to resign.

"It was in my hands," he said. "That was an option on the table. Before we got to that point, he resigned."

Frazier would not say what time period the investigation covers.

He said he couldn't say when the case will be resolved, but he would release details at that time.

"I don't want to cross any lines and say things I shouldn't, but I think it's going to get hung up for a little while."

Connelly was demoted to sergeant in January at his request, according to department officials at the time.

The Republic requested Connelly's personnel records after he was demoted.

City Attorney Michael Bailey denied the request, saying Arizona law limits the public's access to official records "when the documents are made confidential by statute, involves the privacy interests of persons, and disclosure would be detrimental to the best interest of the state."

The Republic filed another request in August. The request is pending.

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