It was just two weeks ago that Chickasha City Manager Stewart Fairburn issued a press release announcing that the city had hired Ed Smith to be the city's next police chief effective May 1.
On Wednesday, however, a second press release announced that Smith, who was police chief here in the mid-1980s, is unable to accept the offered job due to personal reasons.
"I was looking forward to working with Mr. Smith and am disappointed that he was not able to join our team as expected," Fairburn said.
He added that the city will review its recruitment process and said he hopes a new search will get underway soon.
Maj. Elip Moore, who has served as interim police chief since Lynn Williams resigned the post to work to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, will continue in that capacity until a new chief is hired, Fairburn said.