Prosecuting Attorney's office investigating Bono City Council

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The City of Bono is under investigation by the Prosecuting Attorney's office for a possible violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

The possible violation was brought to the attention of Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington through a letter.

The alleged violation pertains to a meeting held by four city council members and Bono Mayor Billy Stephens last Wednesday. In the meeting, members allegedly discussed the recent promotion of Dustin Norwood from patrolman to police chief.

According to the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, the media must be notified of all special meetings where public officials are conducting city business two hours before the meeting starts.

We spoke with Mayor Billy Stephens on Monday night, he said that no city business was conducted last Wednesday.

Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann told Region 8 News that with this being the second investigation into the City of Bono in just over a month, he hopes to get everything cleared up as soon as possible.

"It's most unusual. This has been an unusual series of events in Bono, so we're hoping once this investigation is completed that everyone can get together and get back to normal business," McCann said.

Violation of FOIA is a Class C Misdemeanor. McCann said if a person is charged with that, they can receive up to a $200 fine and no more than 30 days in jail.

McCann said once the sheriff's office finishes their investigation, they will turn their findings over to the prosecuting attorney's office. Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington will then decide what, if any, charges will be filed against those city officials.

As of now, the City of Bono has no police chief. Mayor Stephens said they are currently accepting positions for the application.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest details as they become available.

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