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Southlake police chief Goolsby resigns amid controversy

SOUTHLAKE -- Police chief Wade Goolsby has resigned from his position at the Southlake Department of Public Safety, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Officials say Robert Finn, the department's fire chief, will serve as the interim chief.

Goolsby resigned May 22, and his final day in the department was Tuesday, city spokeswoman Pilar Schank said. She added that his resignation had nothing to do with the McNally report, due to be released before the end of the week.

The department of public safety has been in turmoil since last year when several police officers went to the Tarrant County district attorney's office with concerns that Goolsby showed favoritism to prominent residents.

Although the DA did not find evidence of criminal action, City Manager Shana Yelverton vowed to clean up the department's morale problems by hiring a consulting agency to investigate the department's inner workings.

Goolsby has declined all requests for interviews, Schank said.

In his resignation letter, Goolsby cited progress in the department and said: "Now that the civil service election has concluded and investigations have uncovered no wrongdoing, I have made the decision to leave the department to pursue other opportunities in law enforcement."

The city will conduct a nationwide search for a new chief, officials said.