, Muskogee, OK

August 21, 2013

Porter officer resigns after K9 program cut

— Porter Police Officer Lee Phillips has resigned following the elimination of his K-9 dog’s contract Monday.

Chief Darryl Jay said Phillips turned in his resignation effective immediately after the town Board of Trustees special meeting.

Porter now has two full-time officers, including Jay, and three volunteers.

“I will continue doing what we need to do for the citizens of Porter,” Jay said. “I’m going to request that we replace his position with another officer.”

The 3-1 vote to terminate the K-9 unit contract came after trustees said keeping the drug dog wasn’t financially worthwhile. Jay said the dog hasn’t cost the town except for the training fee of $95.

Phillips said Monday he would look for another department to employ him and his  German shepherd, Quattro.

The drug dog was commissioned in October, was removed from the police force in June and was reinstated in July for about a month before getting voted out.