The Bishop City Council voted last week to accept the resignation of Chief of Police Billy Durbin, and will begin searching for a new chief this week.

Durbin submitted his letter of resignation to the city on July 26, and the council voted to accept the resignation in their July 31 meeting.

City Secretary Cynthia Contreras said Durbin’s last day with the department will be Aug. 15.

Durbin declined to comment on his resignation at the July 31 meeting, other than to say he was leaving for “personal” reasons and was not leaving to take another job.

In his resignation letter, Durbin thanked the city for allowing him to serve as chief.

“I feel it is necessary for me to resign as I have personal issues that I need to devote more time too (sic) and cannot full (sic) my duty as chief of police due to my personal issues,” Durbin wrote. “I appreciate all that the city of Bishop has offered to me as an employee for the past seven years.”

Durbin was hired by the department as a patrol officer in 2010 and was named interim police chief in March 2017 when former chief of police Margarito Gonzalez stepped down to take a position with the Texas State Aquarium. Durbin was named permanent chief by the council in May 2017. 

The July 31 meeting of the city council included an agenda item that would have allowed for the selection of an interim chief of police, but the council declined to do so. The council was scheduled to meet Wednesday night to authorize city staff to advertise for the chief of police position, but the results of that meeting were not available as of press time.

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