EAST ST. LOUIS — A veteran police detective who was charged in connection with a federal drug sting has resigned from the department.
Detective Orlando Ward resigned Wednesday after more than a decade on the job. He was arrested two weeks ago by federal agents investigating a drug ring in the metro-east.
East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore confirmed the resignation.
Ward has been locked up in a federal holding cell since he was arrested May 6. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kit Morrissey argued successfully for Ward's detention in front of U.S. District Judge Clifford J. Proud.
Ward, who had worked for the East St. Louis Police Department for 12 years, was earning nearly $57,000 a year.
There are currently 45 officers in the department.
Floore said the department hired three new officers out of the police academy and they are on the streets. He said the department will have to bid the detective job out. Once the bid list is up and individuals apply, Floore said interviews will have to be done. "It's a process," he said.
Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. said the city will hire four police officers in a couple of weeks, and three more officers will be hired within a couple of months.
"The citizens are safe and are about to get safer," Parks said.
The department recently lost Ricky Perry, a veteran officer who resigned amid controversy. A resident accused him of being drunk when he responded to a police call. Before Perry, Ramone Carpenter was sent to federal prison after a 25-year-old woman filed charges against him for allegedly forcing her to commit a sexual act while he was on duty.
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