Current Gettysburg Police Chief Bill Wainman will be relocating to Hot Springs, reports the Rapid City Journal.
Following controversy over a Gettysburg Police Department patch that includes the Confederate Flag, Wainman maintains that his resignation from the Police Department in unrelated to the debate over the emblem and that his motivation for moving is to be closer to family. Along with Gettysburg’s Mayor, he disagreed with the request to change the patch. Wainman’s last day as Chief in Gettysburg will be August 21, after which he will be succeeded by patrol officer Mark Kessler.
Kessler supports keeping the patch, which depicts the United States flag and the Confederate flag crossed to demonstrate the unity of Civil War veterans, from both sides, who originally settled Gettysburg. Mayor Bill Wuttke said that the symbol is a tribute to the town and has nothing to do with racism.
The patch was recently brought into question following the deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. There has since been nationwide debate about the Confederate flag.