East Helena's police chief resigned earlier this week after four months on the job.
Mayor Jamie Schell said Mike Sanders submitted his resignation letter in mid-December and formally stepped down on Dec. 30, citing differences in "goals and priorities."
"Mr. Sanders did an awesome job," Schell said. "He taught the department and deputy chief quite a bit about supervision skills. We appreciate the work he did for our city."
Sanders worked for the Helena Police Department from 1992 to 1996 and then joined the DEA, working his way up to become the assistant regional director in Central America. He applied for the job in East Helena after retiring from the DEA in June.
Schell said the city is working to determine whether the job would be released externally or kept in-house. Deputy Chief Bill Harrington will take over the duties as acting chief.
Sanders could not be reached for comment. The Independent Record requested a copy of Sanders' resignation letter from the city of East Helena, which has not yet released the document.