GREEN MOUNTAIN FALLS, CO (KXRM/CNN) - The entire police force for a small town in Colorado has quit.
The chief announced his resignation, and the other three officers on the force followed his lead.
“Our marshall and three deputies quit, so that's about all they said,” resident Ann Pinell said.
In a town meeting Tuesday night, citizens were informed of the situation but say they still don't know why the entire force is quitting.
“We've had like our hometown marshal for many years, so I sure hope we get another marshal in our town,” Pinell said.
Lights out and not a soul in sight, but we were able to track down the newly elected mayor.
“In an election year there's always some people who choose to stay and some people who choose to go, and I think that happens at every level of government,” Green Mountain Falls Mayor Jane Newberry said.
A town meeting summary hanging in the post office states the acceptance of Chief Bradley and his staff's resignations, but other than that the town is left wondering what happened.
“He is pursuing other opportunities as I understand it and good luck to him but that's not to say that we are without police coverage,” Newberry said.
Green Mountain Falls is home to nearly 700 people, but in the summer that number can go up to 1,200.
And with no local police, it's only law enforcement presence is left up to El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
“They should absolutely feel safe. I have every confidence in El Paso County Sheriff's Office, I always have and there's no reason anybody needs to worry. We are a small community and that's one of our advantages, we all kind of look out for each other,” Newberry said.
According to the sheriff's office, as of now they'll do their normal amount of patrolling unless there's a need for more.
Some residents said they're confident the sheriff's office will do their part to keep the town safe, but they're worried local ordinances won't be enforced.
The mayor says as soon as budgets are nailed down, they'll start looking to hire new officers.
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