Springfield City Government
7:05 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Houston: "Let Chips Fall Where They May" As Police Chief, Top Attorney Depart

Mayor Michael J. Houston
Mayor Michael J. Houston
Credit Peter Gray/WUIS

Mayor Mike Houston has announced that Springfield's Chief of Police and top legal counsel are both on their way out.  

Houston says Chief Robert Williams will take the rest of his accrued vacation time and retire in mid-October.  Corporation Counsel Mark Cullen is expected to formally submit his resignation when he returns from a vacation out of the country.

In a Friday evening interview with WUIS, Houston called for a stop to the "innuendo and rumors" he says are "floating around" in the community.  

Citing ongoing litigation, Houston also dodged and deflected questions about a scandal that began earlier this year when the Springfield Police Department decided to abruptly revise its policy concerning the timetable for destruction of public records

You can hear our interview, in its unedited entirety, here.   

DISCLAIMER -  At 19:20, reporter Peter Gray mentions a phrase (from a police internal affairs interview transcript) which may be offensive to some listeners.