MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) - In his resignation letter to the city, former Muskegon HeightsInterim Police Chief Ron Rake promised not to speak negativelyabout the city to the media.
24 Hour News 8 obtained the letter using the Freedom ofInformation Act.
"…I am resigning as Interim Chief of Police for theCity of Muskegon Heights…," Rake wrote in a brief memo toMuskegon Heights City Manager Natasha Henerson. "I assure you thatI will not speak negatively to the media in regard to the City aslong as I am treated in the same professional manner."
Rake's resignation letter was dated April 23, around the timehe alerted state authorities to look into the evidence room at theMuskegon Heights Police Department.
Since then, Michigan State Police have launched a criminalinvestigation into the room after an audit showed some of the moneycollected as evidence is missing.
Michigan State Police executed a search warrant May 26 at thehome of a Muskegon Heights police officer. A computer and theofficer's financial records were taken as evidence.
As of last week, the officer was not being disciplined by thedepartment and was not being called a suspect in the investigation.
Sources confirmed he was the only officer who had his homesearched in connection with this case.
Rake told 24 Hour News 8 he believes he will be called totestify in court about his knowledge of the situation. He declinedto discuss details.
State police confirm neither Rake nor current Interim PoliceChief Lt. Lynne Gill are implicated in any wrongdoing.
Rake is now a deputy with the Muskegon County Sheriff'sDepartment.
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