ASH GROVE, Mo. (KY3) – Town of Ash Grove is working to fill a number of empty police officer positions following just a few resignations, together with the police chief’s resignation on Friday.
Town authorised the rent of a reserve officer at its council assembly on Monday night time. Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott additionally attended the assembly as metropolis leaders labored to discover a answer. His workplace will now be including further assist.
“It’s very unhappy to say that we’re in a state of affairs of needing to seek out different officers and that we’re needing to discover a new chief,” Ash Grove Mayor Les Gardner stated throughout council. “However issues occur, attrition occurs, character clashes, no matter you need to chalk it as much as.”
Gardner reassured metropolis leaders and people in attendance that filling any police vacancies is a prime precedence. This adopted one other resignation throughout the assembly. Gardner learn a further resignation letter to the group.
”It saddens me that it has come to this,” he stated, after studying the resignation letter. “It saddens me that there have been another points that made him make this resolution together with our chief.”
Council members stated throughout the assembly that town solely has one officer remaining. That officer is at the moment on incapacity. Different council members stated these resignations got here abruptly.
”It was not communicated to the council in a well timed method and we want they’d’ve given us some leeway to assist,” Alderwoman Diana Simpson told KY3 prior to the meeting.
The chief and some different departed officers have since taken different jobs.
“Our chief lately left final week and he notified us to place in his two weeks and went as much as a city north of St. Louis to an even bigger police division to higher his profession,”Gardner informed KY3 previous to the assembly. “We need to change and construct one other nice police division as we had. We have now a number of positions to fill. We’ve had a few different officers which have gone on to completely different careers.”
Town employed one other reserve officer in the interim but additionally plans to have Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott step in.
“Principally I’ll are available and help not solely in search of a brand new police chief however help in operating the division,” Arnott informed KY3. ”We’ll are available and do a list, principally type of get all the things prepared for a brand new police chief to return in and step within the function and simply takeover and begin hiring new officers.”
Sheriff Arnott stated he took related steps when Fair Grove had a police chief vacancy final yr.
“Did it for Truthful Grove and had an ideal expertise,” he stated. “Discovered rather a lot about metropolis council points and was capable of assist them. After which we’ve got an ideal relationship as we’ve got with the Ash Grove Police Division. We’ll proceed to have an ideal relationship with them. And the deputies will complement their scarcity till they will get again on top of things.”
Town legal professional has to evaluation the proposal and can log out on the Sheriff’s interim place within the coming days. Mayor Gardner stated he expects to have an emergency council assembly later this week to finalize Sheriff Arnott’s momentary appointment. Arnott wouldn’t obtain any further pay for accepting the place.
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