McMECHEN - Citing "philosophical reasons," McMechen Mayor Gregg Wolfe on Friday confirmed David Robinson will no longer serve as police chief for the city.
Reports surfaced Thursday that Robinson had been relieved of his duties. On Friday afternoon, Wolfe said it was a personnel matter and no information could be released until a deal was finalized with Robinson.
Late Friday, Wolfe said Robinson is officially no longer with the city due to "philosophical reasons," though he did not elaborate.
Despite the loss, Wolfe said the city's police force will function as normal.
"Our police force has been in effect, will continue to be in effect, and we are looking to move ahead and move forward," Wolfe said. "We've got good coverage."
The city has three full-time officers other than the chief, and Wolfe said they will work to ensure safety in McMechen. He said the city had "five or six" part time officers that chose to leave due to Robinson's release. However, Wolfe said those officers were "not very active."
For now, Wolfe said the city chose Joe Hummel to serve as its interim police chief. A St. Clairsville resident, Hummel has worked in law enforcement in Marshall County during his career.
"He's been around local law enforcement for a long time and held numerous positions," Wolfe said of Hummel.
Staff Writer Daniel Dorsch contributed to this report.