OXFORD • Amid ongoing fallout from the arrest of a now former Oxford police officer on murder charges, the city’s Board of Aldermen has accepted the resignations of two police officers, with no explanations offered for the departures.
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill confirmed the resignations to the Daily Journal on Wednesday but would not provide additional details.
“Mississippi law prohibits me from commenting on personnel issues other than to confirm that the resignations were accepted,” Tannehill said.
Speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s aldermen meeting, Tannehill gave the names of the resigning police officers as Ryan Winters and Collins Bryant.
The resignations came shortly after the state attorney general’s office launched an internal investigation of the Oxford Police Department at the mayor’s request.
Tannehill invited the probe shortly after the arrest of then-OPD officer Matthew Kinne for the May 19 murder of Dominique Clayton, 32, an Oxford resident.
According to her family members, Clayton and Kinne were involved in a relationship. Kinne has since been fired from the city. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation into Clayton’s death.
Margaret Ann Morgan, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, confirmed that investigators were sent to the police department on May 24. She declined to go into details about the investigation, because the investigation is ongoing.
Carlos Moore, the attorney for the Clayton family, said neither OPD nor city officials have given him an official reason for why the officers resigned. He believes it was connected to the murder investigation or internal investigation.
“I believe the resignations were indicative of the fact that those officers were involved in improprieties related to the investigation,” Moore said. “If they had legitimate reasons to fight allegations, they would have fought them. Their hands were caught in the cookie jar.”
OPD declined to comment.