According to former Drew mayor Jeffrey Kilpatrick, employees of the police department were in the process of turning in paper work to resign and walk out when he received a phone call to go speak to the chief.
"I got a call from a citizen saying that the chief of police and a couple of dispatchers and officers resigned," said Kilpatrick.
After questioning the caller he was then asked to go to the police station.
"As I walked into the station I saw the chief had all of his stuff gathered to turn in to the city clerk.
“I asked what was going on and he said he couldn’t take it anymore," Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick explained that the chief, officers and dispatchers were upset over the current mayor's attempts at controlling the day-to-day activities of the police department.
"The mayor cannot control the day to day operations of the police department. That's the purpose of having the chief of police," said Kilpatrick.
"I asked could ya'll please hold on and don't walk out on the citizens and I'll get to the bottom of it. It was tied to Mayor Burchfield coming out with memos and things of that nature," said Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick went on to ask the chief if he would remain in office until the mayor and himself went to court in regards to contesting the Drew election for mayor in July.
"They told me they would stay until after the court date," said Kilpatrick.
"I've gotten several calls," Kilpatrick said in regards to complaints of citizens.
"When I got that information I immediately called some of the aldermen. Three of the aldermen came to the police department after I left. I know Alderman Phillips — she came to the police station when I was there and she was talking to him as well. They notified the vice mayor and Alderman Lacy Wilkes," said Kilpatrick.
When asked about the situation, Burchfield said, "They do a lot of stuff behind my back. They don't tell me a whole lot."
Kilpatrick and Burchfield are both involved in a civil case that was filed with the Sunflower County Circuit Clerk involving contesting the June 4 mayoral election.
No date has been set for the case.