GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — A city in western New Mexico has been hit with resignations from its police departments.

The Gallup Independent reports two Grant police sergeants, a corporal, a lieutenant and a secretary put in their resignations last week over low morale.

Police Chief Steve Chavez says he has heard from employees that morale is low, but no one is telling him why.

Chavez, who took over the department in June, says he wished the departing employees had given him a chance.

The department is slotted for up to 18 sworn positions and three on the clerical staff.

The resignations come after Chavez changed officer shifts from a 10-hour day to an eight- hour day to curb overtime.


Information from: Gallup Independent,