Marshal of Yorktown resigns; claims family is being targeted on Facebook
YORKTOWN, Ind. – The Yorktown Police Marshal announced his resignation on Friday, saying “some of the people who are using Facebook as a weapon tried to contact my wife and daughter.”
Shane Ginnan took over as city marshal in January 2022. His last day on the job will be June 10.
“Although I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have to deal with slingshots and arrows from my office, it crosses the line when my family is brought into battle,” Ginnan said.
Ginnan’s full resignation letter is as follows:
“I regret to inform you that I have decided to resign as City Marshal. There have been trials and tribulations during the few months I have been here. I have accepted the post because I felt I could make some much needed changes and in some way I know I succeeded New policy and procedure, new equipment, purchase and grant given for in-car and on-board cameras the body, to name a few.
While I think I could continue to make changes for the better, the critics in the community seem to be relentless even though many have never met me. The event that solidified my departure was when some of the people who use Facebook as a weapon tried to contact my wife and daughter. While I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have to deal with slingshots and arrows from my office, it goes beyond the limits when my family is brought into battle. In nearly twenty-one years at my former job, no one ever attempted to bring my family into an argument or perceived disagreement they had with me or a decision I made in my office.
I was hoping to make a difference here and also have fun as this was to be my last law enforcement job before I officially retire, but that seems impossible given the situation. I know you will need time to appoint a replacement, but I would like my last day to be June 10, 2022.”
Council Member Lon Fox released the following statement in response to Ginnan’s resignation:
“It is disappointing to announce today that I have received the resignation of our Marshal, Shane Ginnan. I believe he was to be a great agent of change for good in our Police Department. Ginnan was launching many upcoming exciting steps for Yorktown: body cameras, dash cams, opportunities for our officers to better communicate with students and children so the police are more likely to be seen as a resource and a friend, and bike patrols that provide our officers with an ideal space to connect and interact with our residents.
I hope these efforts, and many more like them, will continue to be a priority for our next Marshal. A research process will begin once the Board has had an opportunity to consider its options. »
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