Elizabeth Police Chief Stephen Hasler turned in his resignation on Dec. 29 after six years as the department's leader. Hasler has had a tumultuous relationship with new town board of trustees member …
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Elizabeth Police Chief Stephen Hasler turned in his resignation on Dec. 29 after six years as the department's leader. Hasler has had a tumultuous relationship with new town board of trustees member Ron Weaver for the past year, and said he was retiring after 46 years in law enforcement rather than stay with the town.
“All I can say is that it was tough working for a town where a member of the board had a personal vendetta against me for police actions I had taken against him in the past,” said Hasler. “I have always made my decisions based on the best public safety interests of the town and not political interests. I hate the politics involved in the job and after 46 years of service, I had the luxury of being able to retire so I did not have to continue to put up with his never-ending false allegations.”
While the town had not yet issued an official press release, trustee Weaver confirmed Hasler's departure.
“The chief has resigned, and I think it's good for the town,” said Weaver. “Earlier this month he was placed on administrative leave, and after he returned he decided to retire. Since it is a personnel issue the matters leading up to his resignation are confidential.”
Weaver blasted Hasler during a June 9 board meeting, calling him unprofessional, deceitful, disrespectful and showing a lack of leadership.
“I call your actions disgusting. I can't believe the lack of organization from the people that we trust to keep us safe,” said Weaver. “I would think we would be able to stay safe in our homes. The people do not trust Elizabeth Police Department, and the police department has demonstrated the fear that you've created. I do not feel safe in my own home with the lack of leadership you provide in our community.”
Mayor Pro Tem Angela Ternus defended Hasler during the June meeting, saying she completely trusted the police department.
“I have lived in town for 24 years, and this is the best department and best chief this town has had since I lived here,” Ternus said during the meeting.
Ternus wished Hasler well in his retirement.
“I will say that I wish the best for Chief Hasler in his retirement and appreciate his years of service in our community,” said Ternus.
Hasler came to the United States from London in 1991, and served in Pueblo County, Manitou Springs, Erie and Lone Tree before becoming the chief of the Elizabeth Police Department in November 2014.
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