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Bono mayor to form committee for choosing new police chief

BONO, AR (KAIT) – bono is still without a an official police chief, but the mayor Billy stephens says the city is making some strides with the decision.

The mayor says close to 10 applications have come in and that he wants to form a committee at the first of next month to help determine who would be the best person for the job.

Former Bono Police chief Lance Suttles was fired  after he was charged for obstructing government operations. It's been a tough month for the town of Bono.

"We do have a reputation we have to overcome and it's just sad," said Shirley Dodson. For twenty year, Dodson has served as a member of the Bono City Council. And in the past six years, seen three police chiefs arrested.

"It's embarrassing to Bono. We're just going to have to overcome a bunch of obstacles that they've put us in," said Dodson.

"I believe I acted in the best interest for the citizens of Bono," said Bono Mayor Billy Stephens.

Stephens is just pushing to put the past in the rear-view mirror. "Just try to keep moving forward. We'll get over this," said Stephens.

In moving forward, what is the city doing to keep history from repeating it's self? The first step happened at a meeting, City Attorney Robert Gibson was present at the meeting and advised the council to schedule a special meeting.

"We're going to over some things about hiring and firing people," said Stephens.

At the meeting, Mayor Stephens recognized newly appointed Police Chief Dustin Norwood. 

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