Neil Henderson
Neil Henderson
ABBEVILLE - It was nearly 10 years ago when Neil Henderson took the helm as the head of the City of Abbeville's police department. His tenure there ended this week.
City officials confirmed Wednesday that Henderson resigned from his post Tuesday and Capt. Skipper O'Bannon assumed the role of acting police chief in his stead.
A City of Abbeville employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Henderson's departure came amid swirling allegations he was accused of sexual harassment within the department.
Henderson did not immediately return several phone calls seeking comment Wednesday. O'Bannon - a Republican candidate for the Abbeville sheriff election in May - declined to comment, citing the fact the situation is still unfolding.
Henderson took the helm as the city's acting police chief in December 2003 after former chief Robin Rucker was fired from the position. He became the city police force's department head in 2004.
The source said city officials gave Henderson a choice to resign or be fired Tuesday, and the former chief opted to step down. The source said Henderson's exodus came in connection with allegations he sexually harassed a fellow officer at the department.
Abbeville officials at City Hall were testy Wednesday when asked about the incident. When an Index-Journal reporter visited Wednesday afternoon to inquire about the situation, city clerk Kathy Wilson declined to comment and nudged the reporter out of her office saying, "Don't come back."
When told the newspaper needed information to write its story, she replied, "Then don't write it."