Col. Supachai Puikaewkam, who took over in December as Pattaya’s police superintendent, was transferred to an inactive post at Royal Thai Police headquarters May 29. The move was part of a “big purge” of 13 provincial governors and 16 senior police officers.
The military has removed Pattaya’s police chief and two of the region’s top commanders from office.
Also sent to a desk job in Bangkok were Chonburi Superintendent Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart and Region 2 Police commander Kawee Supanan.
No successor to Supachai was immediately announced, although inspector Col. Chaiyaporn Thongnapiang was acting as temporary chief.