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Capitol police chief resigns

Published Sep. 10, 2005

The chief of the police force that patrols the Capitol and other state buildings resigned as part of an ongoing feud with the head of the state agency that oversees the police department.

Col. Terry Meek submitted his resignation letter Wednesday and his lawyer said he may sue Department of Management Services Secretary Cynthia Henderson, saying she forced him out of his job.

Henderson suspended Meek on April 30 and ordered him to get additional supervisory training after a sergeant said Meek threatened him for testifying on behalf of a fellow officer in a lawsuit.

Meek, 56, has been head of the Capitol Police, which includes 63 sworn officers backed by 65 security guards, since 1998.

His feud with DMS and Henderson goes back at least to a gender discrimination suit filed by a former Capitol police officer who accused Meek of humiliating her and pressuring her to quit the force. Another officer testified against the Capitol police in that case and later complained that Meek threatened to retaliate.

Internal investigations cleared Meek of retaliation.