Ball police chief, Nate Ussery, resigns
The Town of Ball mayor, Neil Kavanagh, confirmed to News Channel 5 that Chief of Police Nate Ussery resigned on Friday.
Mayor Kavanagh also told us that Ussery is being investigated by Louisiana State Police. He would not tell us why, calling it "an active investigation."
However, we reached out to Ussery, and he said, "I don't know anything about about an investigation. I have been thinking about resigning for a while, and finally made the decision."
We have reached out to Louisiana State Police to confirm if they are in fact investigating Mr. Ussery. They told us, "We were asked to assist the District Attorney's Office with a potential complaint against Ussery. The matter remains ongoing and active."
We also spoke with Grace Trosclair, a Ball resident about the resignation. She told us it's disappointing, but she said if Ussery was actually doing something wrong, she's relieved he stepped down.
"For it to be found out, that's a good thing," said Trosclair. "I hope for someone who wouldn't manipulate the system, or misuse their power, or whatever was going on. I don't want that any more. I stand for everything done in secret to be brought out into light. And justice to be served. There's a lot of innocent people and a lot of helpless people who need to be helped out there. And because we have people of power, misusing the power, it's not happening."
Ussery was elected Chief of Police in 2014 and took office January 1, 2015. Lieutenant Billy Prince has now stepped in as active chief.
We will update this story when we learn more.