Leachville still looking for new chief

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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.

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  • Keith, sounds like they put the SCREWS to you by not paying up when they should, but they thought it wouldn't go as far as it did,and when you have folks in office that don't know %#*% from a shoe spoon that's how business ends up. Did you ever count how many Councilmen who had a Business Administration degree, or how many owned their own business that lasted longer than ten yrs. You have to be willing to go that extra mile to improve ways and add functions such as business building in the city or city limits, to gain extra tax for profit, simple things such as expanding city limits to collect that extra tax.

    There are to many things that can be done to obtain profit for the city, and if it was handle correctly there would not been a issue with a person's sick day pay. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the ones in office are not capable of doing their job but they should not listen to just one person and go with their ideas, because you don't want to make them mad. They get paid the same as you do 0,............good day, more time with your family it don't get any better my friend. If I catch you out sometime we will drink a suds together!!.....later........signed Jim Atkinson LHS 70/71

    -- Posted by oldiebutgoodus on Sun, Nov 23, 2014, at 7:07 PM
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