Leachville still looking for new chief
Leachville City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 11, to pass a resolution regarding the city's settlement with former police chief Keith Evans and to discuss hiring a new chief.
Evans retired from police work to take a job that would allow him to spend more time with his family. The council then had to decide if they could pay him his sick days. It was discovered they could not.
Evans had a potential legal claim against the city and recognizing this the Leachville Council in a previous meeting agreed to settle on that and all potential claims.
At Tuesday's meeting the council voted 4-2, with Alderman Tommy Stone and Ethel Hetler voting against, to settle with Evans for $11,100 with Evans agreeing to sign a release from all claims against the city.
The Council then went into executive session to discuss a new police chief. The council announced Lt. Chuck Brown will go back to being Lt. of Training and instead of hiring a chief decided all the city's officers will work together without a chief until the new year.This is being done so the incoming administration could be informed and make that decision. The council also decided to continue to advertise for the position of chief until the first of the year. It will be up to the new city administration to decide whether or not to advertise after that.
Mayor Shelia Spurlock commended the police department on doing such a great job and thanked all the members of the community who attended the meeting.