Police
8:16 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Edwardsville Police Chief Resigns

The police chief in Edwardsville has resigned and city officials say the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are investigating.

Police Chief James Bedell resigned from the southern Illinois department on Friday. Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur said in a release that the city is "fully cooperating" with federal authorities. Niebur declined to provide any comment or details on the investigation. A phone listing for Bedell in Edwardsville could not be located.

U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton with the Southern District of Illinois says agents executed search warrants at Bedell's home and the police department on Friday. Wigginton says agents also subpoenaed police department records.

Bedell has been police chief in Edwardsville since 2007, when he transferred from the Chicago suburb Naperville. He also was an Army police officer.