EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) — A veteran East St. Louis police officer resigned Wednesday after allegations last month that he was drunk on the job.
Police Chief Michael Floore announced in a statement that he has accepted Ricky Perry’s letter of resignation.
Perry was put on paid leave after a family complained March 24th that he showed up hours late, was drunk, and used profane language while responding to a report that a house had been ransacked and set on fire.
In the press release Chief Floore called Perry a good public servant, and pointed out his numerous accomplishments, including most recently receiving the Lifesaving Award from Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, and for his assistance in the robbery at Ira Groove Freewill Church.
Perry was disciplined in 2007 after he allegedly was found passed out behind the wheel of his unmarked police car in Belleville.
Perry served more than 13 years on the East St. Louis Police Department.