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Yellow Springs Police Chief Brian Carlson, shown here when he was an officer in 2015, has resigned as YS Police Chief.

Yellow Springs police chief resigns

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UPDATE (Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10:30 a.m.):

Village Manager Josué Salmerón clarified this morning that although Yellow Springs Police Chief Brian Carlson has resigned, it is not “effective immediately.” Per his contract with the Village, Carlson is required to continuing work at his post for 90 days. 

Salmerón also confirmed that an interim police chief will not be immediately named, with hopes that a new chief will be hired to take over for Carlson.


On Wednesday, Aug. 18, the Village of Yellow Springs announced in a press release that Yellow Springs Police Chief Brian Carlson had resigned, effective immediately.

Carlson did not provide a reason in his brief resignation letter, but wrote, “It has been an honor to serve the community of Yellow Springs and I offer my services to assist in your search for my replacement.” 

In a later text message to the News, Carlson wrote that he was “just ready for another chapter,” and had no plans for other employment. He added that it has been an “honor to work at the YSPD and reform our public safety methods.”

In the Village press release, Village Manager Josué Salmerón thanked Carlson for his “tireless work to modernize our police force and progress made to create a social-justice oriented police department.” Salmerón noted that Carlson took the helm during a time of heightened scrutiny for local police and accomplished much to “increase community engagement, increase community policing and change local police culture.”

Carlson was promoted to interim police chief in January 2017, after the former chief resigned following community protest over aggressive police actions at the annual New Year’s Eve  celebration. Carlson was then hired as the permanent chief in June 2018, and most recently had his contract renewed in June 2019. He joined the local force in 2010. 

Carlson will assist with the leadership transition over the next 90 days and the search for a new police chief will begin immediately, the press release added.

“I’m proud of what we accomplished in a short period of time,” Salmerón wrote of Carlson’s tenure. “We have implemented foot patrols, bike patrols, improved community engagement, have built robust case management that extends beyond policing and includes mental health, and financial assistance with utilities and rent.”

A full story will appear in an upcoming issue of the News.

Read the full press release: VYS Press Release - Brian Carlson Resignation.

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2 Responses to “Yellow Springs police chief resigns”

  1. Charles Sandlin Jr says:

    I am sure he will be missed. Please ask the Cheif if he can clear up a issue that has effected and continues to effect some senior and disabled persons problem with a ticket issued and mistakes were made in court following. Thank you.

  2. Barbara Mann says:

    I am really sad to hear that Chief Carlson has resigned. I think that he has done an incredibly good job. I will miss him as the police chief. When I was working at the Yellow Springs Senior Center, he came in one day to introduce himself. He wasn’t the chief yet, but he made sure that we knew who he was and that he was paying attention to the issues that seniors had in town. I’m really sorry to see him go.

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