James Rogers officially has resigned from his position as chief of the Ludowici Police Department.
City Attorney Joe Kitchings said he received notification Friday and notified the Ludowici City Council of Rogers’ resignation. Rogers was placed on administrative leave without pay Jan. 10 in connection with allegations of sexual misconduct, racial slurs and other violations that reportedly prompted an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation during Rogers’ time as police chief. The city council had scheduled a hearing on the allegations for Tuesday, but Kitchings said that with Rogers’ resignation, it no longer is necessary.
Kitchings also said Monday that LPD dispatcher Mindi Bell submitted her resignation to the council. Last month, the city received a copy of a complaint letter signed by Bell and addressed to the EEOC. The Coastal Courier also received a copy of that letter in January and, at that time, contacted Bell to verify the information in the document was correct. However, after again speaking with Bell this week, she claimed some of the information in the letter wasn’t accurate.
On Tuesday, efforts to again contact Bell for a comment were unsuccessful. Kitchings said that despite receiving copies of two other letters supposedly sent to the Savannah EEOC office, as of Tuesday, no one from the office had contacted the city of Ludowici.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller said he is glad this matter is over with, and he and the council are ready to put it behind them and move forward.
“I’m glad that this is resolved. The council and I have done all that we can to get to the bottom of it. It has been our goal from the beginning to ensure that our employees have a safe working atmosphere, and that we provide the best service we can to our citizens,” Fuller said.
James Steiner is serving as the interim Ludowici police chief.