Madisonville Police Chief Dave Smith submitted a letter of resignation Wednesday morning, Mayor Jean Pelloat announced at the end of Wednesday night's town council meeting.

Smith's resignation is effective Nov. 30, Pelloat said when he and the five-member town council broke from a closed-door executive session following regular council business. When back in public, the council voted unanimously to accept Smith's resignation. It is not known if Smith was asked to resign or did so voluntarily.

Pelloat declined comment, citing the town's personnel policies and confidentiality concerns. Smith, who was a regular at all town council meetings, was not present Wednesday night. 

The council's Nov. 8 agenda was released several days ago and it included a closed-doors executive session that would serve as a "review of employee performance/discipline." Smith was not listed on the agenda as part of that review and it is not known if he was the employee set to receive a performance critique.

Pelloat said he would begin searching for Smith's replacement as soon as possible.

Smith was appointed chief in September 2007, and had been with the department for 19 years, including four as assistant chief. The Madisonville Police Department is believed to have seven full-time officers, including Smith.

Prior to his tenure with Madisonville Police, Smith was on the force of both the Kenner and Abita Springs police departments. He also served in the U.S. Navy.