Leachville Council accepts chief's resignation

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Leachville Officer Zakk Crocker discusses the body cameras Leachville officers will be wearing. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Leachville City Council members, along with city attorney Gina Knight, went into executive session on Monday, May 15, to discuss personnel matters.

After a 30 minute closed session, the council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Joni Isebell, police chief. Isebell resigned Friday, May 12.

At this time, the chief's position has not been filled.

In the absence of Mayor Ralph Wells, Councilwoman Ethel Hetler presided at the meeting.

The only other item on the agenda was the review of the body camera policy.

Leachville recently purchased four body cameras.

Officer Zakk Crocker talked about the training and how the cameras work. He said the digital cameras will be downloaded onto a hard drive after every shift.

The policy came from the Chief's Association had specific instructions for use.

Attorney Knight reviewed the policy with the council members.

Councilman Richie Pace said he wanted the officers to wear them.

Councilman Keith Evans said the cameras will be beneficial to the officers and the citizens.

Officer Crocker said when the camera is turned on, it automatically goes back 30 seconds.

Councilman Rodney Robertson asked if the officer has to sign off at the end of each shift when the video is downloaded.

Evans made the motion to approve the body camera policy and that all officers for the city of Leachville are to wear one when on duty. The council unanimously approved the motion.

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