WHITEWRIGHT, Texas (KTEN) — Almost a year-and-a-half after being sworn in as the police chief in Whitewright, Texas, Chad Stallings resigned at last Tuesday's city council meeting.

"Living here for some time, I have seen the chief of police submit their resignations," said Whitewright Martial Arts Center instructor Roger Howe.

Whitewright Mayor Sarah Beth Owen said Stallings' resignation is a personnel matter. Now residents are waiting for the city to appoint an interim police chief while the search is on for a permanent replacement.

"They should really investigate what kind of leadership they need... someone that has invested in the city,  who cares about a small town," said Diane Williams. "City council and the mayor need to make good choices about who they select for that position, especially with someone resigning kind of quickly." 

Howe believes that the resignation of the police chief will not significantly change city operations.

"When police chiefs have resigned for a short period of time, the actual department themselves still run fairly smoothly," he said. "If it was going to be months upon months, then we'd probably see a detrimental effect."