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From Post staff reportsLebanon Public Safety Commissioner and acting Police Chief Billy Weeks is taking “early retirement,” according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.Craighead told The Wilson Post Thursday he will begin soon the search for a new police chief.Weeks, who has served as the city’s Public Safety Commissioner for almost a decade, has been in charge of both the city fire and police departments.His departure from employment with the City of Lebanon comes after more than 30 years of service.Weeks, according to Craighead, was involved in an incident last weekend with Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Dowell in which Weeks drew his revolver and pointed it toward Dowell.Craighead said Thursday that “it was something that should not have happened,” referring to the incident between Weeks and Dowell, and said he is waiting on reports from those involved before making any final determination on what course of action should be taken.According to Craighead, “what happened” was not something in which there was “ill will” he said between Weeks and Dowell. “We’re going to continue to look into the matter but there should be no further investigation than what we do within the department,” the mayor said in answer to a question as to whether or not the district attorney’s office would be involved in the case.He said he had talked with Weeks and that he believed he had made a decision to take early retirement from his post with the city.“I’ll begin looking for a new police chief pretty soon,” Craighead said.Several weeks ago Craighead announced a restructuring of the police department in which Weeks was assigned to assume the duties of police chief but was also to continue to serve as safety commissioner.At the time Police Chief Scott Bowen was transferred to a grant writing position at City Hall.
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