The entire police department in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, have tendered their resignation letters.
The police department had only four employees, a marshal and three deputies.
No motive has been given about what made them resign.
“The town’s talking,” KOAA reported, “but the few who know why the marshal suddenly left, so far, are not speaking up.”
Patrol cars remained empty and parked, covered with snow from a recent storm, according to KOAA.
The lights were out in the police station, KXRM reported.
The mayor of the town, Jane Newberry, who just took office last week, said she’s not sure what made the police marshal step down.
The three deputies had to follow suit, she said, because they’re volunteers and can only work when there’s someone at the helm.
“In an election year, there’s always some people who choose to stay and some people who choose to go, and I think that happens at every level of government,” Newberry told KOAA.
Just because there aren’t currently police working for the city doesn’t mean there aren’t law enforcement officers protecting the town, or others who residents can call for help in Green Mountain Falls, she said.
The neighboring El Paso County Sheriff’s Office already handled dispatch and provided backup for the town, spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said. Now, they’ll have to play a greater role.
“Patrols will be stepped up based on need,” she said. “If they need extra patrol, we would be glad to help out.”
The Teller County Sheriff’s Office will also provide assistance, Newberry said, in addition to the Colorado State Patrol.
This isn’t the first time the town has been left without police.
In 2013, the marshal also stepped down during a restructuring, Newberry said, and wasn’t rehired until four months later.
And this time around, she said, it shouldn’t be hard to fill the marshal’s shoes.
“We have already received applications for the job of marshal even though the position has not been posted,” she said. “There are people who want to do it.”
Green Mountain Falls is a small town that’s about 15 miles northwest of Colorado Springs and has a population of about 700 full-time residents.