Troy town marshal resigns

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By Janet Robb

Fuchs says allegations reported in Monday's News shocked him TROY - After months of allegations and discussion of possibly eliminating the position, Troy's town marshal resigned.

Junior Fuchs told The News Monday he turned in his resignation to Troy Town Council President Ed Sweeney after seeing the allegations published in that day's issue.

In Monday's issue, The News reported Susie Fortwendel told Sweeney at the board's May 13 meeting that she's receiving more complaints that ordinances were not being enforced and that Fuchs was still hard to reach.

The allegations came as a shock, Fuchs said, adding he thought the issues were behind them when they were addressed at the January board meeting. At that meeting, Fuchs defended his record after there was discussion at the December meeting to possibly eliminate the position because of complaints that it was difficult to reach him to report ordinance violations and when messages were left, nothing was done.

Fuchs said he brought logs, which showed he received any messages for him by dispatchers in Tell City. Troy pays Tell City to relay calls to Fuchs through the county's central dispatch center, where calls are recorded and logged. He also said the community doesn't see when he goes to businesses at night to make sure they're locked and even saves Troy money by using the town car sparingly and doing regular maintenance himself.

Sweeney said Tuesday he was surprised Fuchs decided to resign after talking to him a few days earlier and learning he was willing to work with the town and even stay on if a new agreement could be worked out. "There's no hard feelings between us, he added.

"I didn't care for the town to get rid of him," he said, adding that he's concerned about how the town's ordinances will be enforced.

"There's all these ordinances but no one to enforce them now," Sweeney said.

He doesn't know what the board's going to do except possibly put out advertisements for the position. In a previous News story, town attorney Jack Robinson suggested using someone other than a sworn-in law-enforcement officer to issue citations for violations.

He never told the board he wanted to quit or anything, Fuchs said, "but it was a never-ending battle."

Fuchs' resignation was effective Monday. His letter said it was driven by false allegations.