Exeter police chief resigns

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

City searching for replacement in slow process

After nearly one year and three months at the helm of the Exeter Police Department, former Police Chief Morgan Struble has resigned.

Myrna Eisenbraun, Exeter city clerk, said Struble tendered his resignation in mid-October and did not give a specific reason for his departure.

"His daughter lives in Nebraska, so he's there now working for his dad," she said.

Struble took the position in early July 2014. He was one of three applicants, which also included former officer Willie Stephens, of Exeter, and Michael Schreiner, of Butler County.

Struble attended the academy in Nebraska before moving to Missouri and joining the Reeds Spring Police Department in November 2013 as a part-time and reserve officer. He was also a reserve officer in Reeds Spring and worked there one to two days out of each month.

Struble replaced former Police Chief Marion Jacobson, who resigned on June 14, 2014, to take a job outside of law enforcement. He was on the job less than a year, as he replaced Stephens after he left the post in August 2013.

Struble started at $10 per hour in 2014, and he was earning $12 per hour when he resigned. Eisenbraun said the position is open, but finding a replacement is not as easy as it may seem.

"It's hard to find someone who will fit what we need, because we ask them to be at school when it opens in the morning and when it lets out in the afternoon," she said. "It's also hard to find someone with what we are able to pay."

Eisenbraun said ideally, the city would like to find a retired officer that is still certified to apply for the job.

In the meantime, the Barry County Sheriff's Office is handling all calls out of Exeter, according to Maj. Leonard Collins.

"We will do our routine patrols and do all we can," he said.

Struble could not be reached for comment.

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