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|Mayor expresses confidence in Vidalia police after chief's arrest|
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland told members of the Vidalia Police Department Tuesday that they had the full confidence of city hall following the resignation of Police Chief Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks on Monday.
Hendricks, 38, was charged Monday with making false statements to federal law enforcement agents in the course of an investigation into the use and disposition of certain firearms at the police department.
Copeland said Hendricks "came by my house with a letter of resignation Monday morning."
Asst. Police Chief Arthur Lewis has been appointed interim police chief and officer Jim Boren has been named acting assistant police chief, Copeland said. Lewis will serve until a special election is held next spring to fill the unexpired term of Hendricks, who was elected in March 2008 and took office in July 2008.
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