Eight Olive Branch police officers have resigned in the wake of a situation that a retired law enforcement source speaking on background said involved alleged sexual impropriety among the officers and an unnamed number of females.
However, Olive Branch Chief Don Gammage on Wednesday said that he is unable to comment on the situation, citing the fact it involves city personnel.
"I can't comment on anything," Gammage said. "It's a personnel issue. I am sure that you will get a statement from the mayor's office pretty soon," added Gammage. "It might be in a few days."
A reporter was told during a phone call Wednesday that Mayor Scott Phillips was out of town and could not be reached for comment.
Gammage did refute an assertion that this most recent situation was similar to one that occurred six or seven years ago which also involved police officers and unnamed females.
Allegedly, a similar situation involving sexual impropriety among Olive Branch police officers and unnamed female persons occurred at a Christmas party several years ago, the retired law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.
Gammage disputed that assertion.
"I've been the chief for nine years now and it has not happened on my watch," Gammage said. "Several things may have happened when Chief (Art) Heun was here but not on my watch," Gammage said, referring to the previous administration.
Heun served as Olive Branch Police Chief from 2003-2009.
Gammage declined further comment.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.