Springfield city officials aren’t saying if the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher is in any related to the scandal surrounding the destruction of police department internal affairs files, including Buscher’s.
Buscher notified department brass earlier this month that he would retire, effective mid-January, but he is apparently taking time off until that retirement date.
A file about a 2008 incident involving Buscher was among those shredded to keep them out of the hands of reporter Calvin Christian.
At the time, Mayor Mike Houston believed the request for the file was an attempt by so-called “factions” in the department to embarrass and discredit Buscher.
But Buscher’s role, if any, in the file-shredding has never been explained.