[Peachtree City released the following today at 11:30 a.m.]

Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom has resigned from his position effective March 11, 2015.

In his resignation to the City, McCollom said, “It was my pleasure to serve with the men and women of the Peachtree City Police Department in the capacity of Assistant Chief and Chief. The City of Peachtree City has every reason to be proud of their police department as the personnel are both competent and professional. I wish each of them the best as they continue to serve the citizens.  I have had had two families in Peachtree City – my police family and my personal family.  In light of the recent tragedy in my personal family, I need to continue to focus my time and efforts there.”

City Manager James Pennington echoed McCollom’s comments about the Police Department, saying, “The members of the department have continued to do an amazing job amid the national publicity, speculation, and negativity toward law enforcement that this tragic accident has generated over the past two months.”

Pennington has accepted McCollom’s resignation, saying, “I know Council joins me in thanking Will for his service.  He and Maggie have our best wishes and heartfelt prayers as they focus on her journey back to health.”

Peachtree City will begin a search for a new Chief of Police immediately.  In the interim, Captain Stan Pye, who has been serving as Acting Chief of Police since January 1, will remain in that position.