August 8, 2014 at 6:58 am

West Michigan police chief under review resigns

Barry Township The police chief of a small western Michigan community has resigned in the face of a performance review over his aggressive enforcement approach.

The Barry Township board met Thursday night at Delton Kellogg High School for the review of Chief Victor Pierce. Residents have criticized him for appointing dozens of reserve officers and acquiring armored vehicles.

Theft and burglary have historically been the most serious crimes in the Barry County community of about 3,400. Pierce has said a show of force is necessary in small communities that believe theyre immune to violence.

The Kalamazoo Gazette says a representative read Pierces resignation letter after the review, and Pierce declined further comment.

Most of the 34 reserve officers are from outside the township, which is 50 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.