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Branson Police Chief, Officer Resign

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Branson Police Chief Jeff Matthews and Police Sgt. Pat Gray have tendered their resignations after having been put on Administrative Leave earlier this year.

In a release from the City on Wednesday, it is stated that both tendered the resignations on Monday as the process of the internal investigation had been underway. 

The statement went on to say an announcement on a new Police Chief will come on Thursday. Assistant Police Chief Eric Schmitt was named Interim Chief while Matthews was on Administrative Leave. 

The complete release from the City is below:

In October 2022, Branson Chief of Police Jeff Matthews and Sgt. Pat Gray were placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The City sourced the investigation to an outside organization to ensure the highest integrity and fairness to all involved. On Monday, December 12, 2022, prior to the completion of the formal process, Chief Matthews and Sgt. Pat Gray tendered their resignations effectively immediately to the City and are no longer employees of the Branson Police Department. 

On Thursday, the City will formally announce the Branson Police Department’s new Chief of Police.

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