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Taylor resigns position as Ellis Police chief, takes job in Ariz.





ELLIS -- Ellis Police Chief Randy Taylor found an opportunity too good to pass up and resigned his position at Monday night's city council meeting.

Taylor, who has been the police chief for four years, will become the chief of police for Clarkdale, Ariz., a city approximately twice the size of Ellis.

"I am saddened at the thought of leaving my friends and family in this community," Taylor said Tuesday. "It's been very eventful and enjoyable and a blessing working for Ellis."

Taylor, 56, his wife and three children came to Ellis after he spent two years as an investigator for the sheriff's department for Jefferson County, Colo. Prior to that, he spent 23 years as a police officer in Loveland, Colo.

In 2010, Taylor overcame an effort by some then-members of the Ellis City Council not to renew his contract as Ellis police chief. Since then, Taylor said the department has been recognized for its level of professionalism by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

"Law enforcement took a giant leap forward in Ellis," Taylor said. "(The) Ellis Police Department is very well-positioned to take the next step. I don't think they'll miss a beat with me leaving. I think they're positioned to do quite well."

Taylor's last day on the job is Aug. 3. He starts work at his new position Aug. 6. Ellis Mayor Dave McDaniel said Tuesday the council likely will appoint an interim chief after Taylor leaves until the position is filled. He added the position will be a working one, meaning the new chief will take a regular shift, as Taylor does now.

"It's been a very professional experience," McDaniel said of his relationship with Taylor. "He is a very good administrator. We are sad to see him go, but he is moving up in has career."

The size of the force at his new position is roughly double the size of the six-officer Ellis department.

"I'm very saddened I couldn't be part of the next step (in Ellis), but I look forward to the next step in my life," Taylor said.