Smith Resigns

Captain Jim Smith has resigned from the Dothan Police Department, just two days after a hearing was held that could have resulted in his termination.

Smith’s attorney still says his client has done nothing wrong.

Captain Smith was served with termination papers Wednesday night, but his attorney says, just hours earlier, the captain learned a family member has been diagnosed with a serious illness.

In his letter of resignation, the captain says he wants to devote time and resources to his family.

Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay last week.

He met with Police Chief John White this Tuesday for a determination hearing.

Sources say he's accused of sending anonymous letters to city officials criticizing the chief and his administration.

Smith’s attorney says the captain did not write those letters and before learning of the unexpected medical situation, they were prepared to fight the accusations tooth and nail.

Captain Smith's letter of resignation also says he's tried to be a faithful and loyal employee and hopes his unblemished personnel record of 19 years of service demonstrates that.