Quarles chooses 
to quit rather than be fired

17-year Palisade chief still in dark about Oct. 24 dismissal, he says

Former Palisade Police Chief Carroll Quarles resigned Friday in a deal with the Town of Palisade shrouded by a confidentiality agreement.

Friday was the deadline for Quarles, 60, to either accept a resignation or be terminated following his dismissal by Town Administrator Rich Sales on Oct. 24. Sales on Monday declined comment on what, if any, payout Quarles might have received by resigning.

Quarles was an at-will employee, meaning he could have been dismissed at any time with or without cause.

Quarles, chief of police in Palisade for 17 years, insisted on Monday he still hasn’t been provided a formal reason for his dismissal. Sales declined comment on the issue.

Under a contract executed by Palisade and Grand Junction, Interim Palisade Police Chief Mike Nordine will be on the job no later than April 30. Nordine, a Grand Junction police veteran and commander in charge of the agency’s investigations division, will continue to be paid by Grand Junction his annual salary of $97,752, while working in Palisade. Nordine started Nov. 5.

Quarles, who came to Palisade in 1995 from Jackson Hole, Wyo., said his immediate plans are to relax through the first of the year.

“I’d been thinking about starting my own windshield repair business,” Quarles said. “And that’s what I’m going to do.”

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