Blanding Police Chief resigns, third resignation in 5-member force since March
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Blanding Chief of Police Lyle Bayles resigned his position on July 11 after six years on the job.

It is the third resignation from the department since March, 2014.

Blanding is served by a five-member police force. Two officers resigned in March and have since been replaced.

Bayles retires after 28 years of experience in law enforcement. His resignation letter did not outline his future plans but did state that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Blanding Mayor Calvin Balch will appoint a new chief of police. Balch was not expected to make that appointment at the July 22 Blanding City Council meeting.

City officials state that the existing force will be able to cover the law enforcement needs, with an occasional assist from the San Juan County Sheriff’s office and the Utah Highway Patrol.

The city does not expect as significant an upheaval as in March, when the five-member department was down to three employees for about a month.
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