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WICS 20 :: News - Ready, Set, Shred - READY, SET, SHRED: Williams Testifies in Deposition

READY, SET, SHRED: Williams Testifies in Deposition

This story aired August 27, 2013.

Springfield's outgoing police chief, Robert Williams, spent part of this morning in an attorney's office, testifying in a deposition about the early destruction of Internal Affairs documents.

You may remember after airing our exclusive "Ready, Set, Shred" investigation, Springfield mayor Mike Houston announced the lead city attorney was resigning, and the police chief would be retiring in October.

ABC Newschannel 20's Vince DeMentri was the only reporter outside the attorney's office when Williams finished his deposition. Vince asked him about the timing of his retirement announcement. Here's how that conversation went.

VINCE DEMENTRI:
Can you tell us why you abruptly retired?

ROBERT WILLIAMS:
I didn't abruptly retire. It was a very personal matter between myself and my wife, and I made a decision to retire as a lot of individuals do at 50 in the law enforcement profession.

VINCE DEMENTRI:
You had been quoted in the paper two weeks prior saying you weren't going to retire. Even come October, you had no plans. But all of a sudden within those two weeks, it was coincidental with our reports that you decided to retire? It had nothing to do with the reports?

ROBERT WILLIAMS:
Again, that was a very personal decision between me and my wife. That's basically it.

VINCE DEMENTRI:
It had nothing to do with the shredding?

ROBERT WILLIAMS:
It had a--it was a personal decision between me and my wife.READY, SET, SHRED: Williams Testifies in Deposition

Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT

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