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Shenandoah police chief resigns with no notice
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Raymond Shaw, the veteran chief of police for the small city of Shenandoah, resigned from his position on Friday with no notice.

The city did not notify the public about the resignation and Shaw’s biography and personal information was listed on the city’s website as of Tuesday morning. His information was removed shortly after The Villager sought confirmation of his resignation.

Shenandoah City Administrator Kathie Reyer issued a brief statement on the city’s website dated May 5 after The Villager made several email inquiries and telephone calls seeking additional information on Shaw’s resignation. Reyer was not at work on May 5 and did not return voicemails seeking additional comment.

“Effective May 1, 2020, Raymond Shaw resigned as chief of police from the city of Shenandoah to pursue new opportunities. He served the City of Shenandoah in various positions for almost 23 years and served as chief for the last three and a half years,” Reyer wrote in the press release. “We thank Mr. Shaw for his service to the City of Shenandoah and wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will continue our commitment to providing the best public safety program to the citizens of Shenandoah.”

Shenandoah Communications Director Debbie Pilcher said Shaw has been replaced by an interim chief, Lt. Troye Dunlap. No information was provided by the city about Dunlap’s background or how he was chosen to replace Shaw temporarily.

The Villager profiled Shaw in the summer of 2018 and during that interview, Shaw said he rose quickly through the ranks of the small city’s police department after joining in 1997. He was promoted from patrol officer to patrol sergeant to detective sergeant and then lieutenant before becoming police chief.

The city, which is roughly 1.3 square miles in total with more than 3,000 residents, has grown significantly since Shaw joined the force. He said in the August 2018 interview that all there was when he started was the Home Depot — the Portofino Shopping Center was still decades in the future — and a quaint residential area. The exploding development of the Interstate 45 corridor in the early 2000s brought its share of challenges to protecting the growing community, he explained.

So when he was appointed acting chief after John Chancellor’s retirement in 2016, Shaw said he was prepared.

Former Shenandoah City Administrator Greg Smith lauded Shaw at the time.

“Raymond is a great asset to the Shenandoah Police Department and his background and experience will serve us well as he assumes the role of Acting Police Chief,” Smith said at the time of Shaw’s appointment.

Shenandoah city officials did not provide any timeline for hiring a replacement for Shaw. The city is currently coping with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic and is still under a local declaration of disaster/emergency that was initially approved in March.

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