Wheeler Quits After DWI Arrest
Monday night Dwayne Wheeler stepped down as Police Chief appointee of New Franklin. The confirmation was at the top of the agenda. Instead, Wheeler sent word to the City Administrator saying he was quitting and would not attend the meeting. Even before Boonville police arrested Wheeler on suspicion of a DWI last week, the people of New Franklin were questioning him as their police chief. Wheeler worked in Chicago before applying for the position in New Franklin.
When the board announced Wheeler's resignation Monday night people continued to complain. Most said their police chief should be someone who knows the community, not a big city cop. Others suggested the community vote along with the city council. One thing everyone agreed on: Wheeler is no longer welcome.
They should just be able to say 'buddy pack your bags, go home' because this is not what we want in New Franklin Missouri," said New Franklin resident, Harold Henry Kerr II.
More than three times the usual number of people attended Monday night's meeting. Most came prepared to fight the board if they chose Wheeler as chief. The council agreed to allow the public to have more input into their next pick.
KOMU 8 contacted Dwayne Wheeler several times this weekend and throughout the day Monday, he has yet to return any phone calls.