Marked Tree Police chief says he was fired; mayor says it was mu - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Marked Tree Police chief says he was fired; mayor says it was mutual

MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) – The police chief of Marked Tree says he was fired for asking city council to hire a police officer.

According to Chester Ford, Marked Tree Mayor Wayne Nichols fired him after he said he went, "over his head," when asking city council to fill an open police officer slot.

Ford told Region 8 News that, "Nichols told me to come see him in his office the next morning. I showed up and he said I went over his head to the council, and said he just couldn't work with him."

Ford said the department had two officer openings, and he needed them filled as soon as possible.

Region 8 News made contact with Mayor Nichols who said the parting was a mutual agreement, but gave no other details.

Ford says he plans on being at the next city council and ask the council to be reinstated.

Ford had been the police chief of Marked Tree since 2007.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Arkansas woman who used county cash for dog tuxedo sentenced

    Arkansas woman who used county cash for dog tuxedo sentenced

    Friday, November 24 2017 3:24 PM EST2017-11-24 20:24:42 GMT
    (Source: APGraphicsBank)(Source: APGraphicsBank)

    A former Arkansas county employee who fraudulently spent more than $366,000 using a county credit card to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her dog, has been sentenced to 20 years of probation.

    A former Arkansas county employee who fraudulently spent more than $366,000 using a county credit card to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her dog, has been sentenced to 20 years of probation.

  • Restaurants benefit after Thanksgiving despite leftovers

    Restaurants benefit after Thanksgiving despite leftovers

    Friday, November 24 2017 6:44 PM EST2017-11-24 23:44:14 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-24 23:54:06 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Retail stores are not the only establishments benefiting from Black Friday sales. Restaurants also see an increase in business.

    Retail stores are not the only establishments benefiting from Black Friday sales. Restaurants also see an increase in business.

  • Residents hit the gym after Thanksgiving

    Residents hit the gym after Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 24 2017 6:25 PM EST2017-11-24 23:25:32 GMT
    Friday, November 24 2017 6:47 PM EST2017-11-24 23:47:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    When families are finished with their Thanksgiving meals, some tend to exercise the extra calories off immediately which means good business for local gyms.

    When families are finished with their Thanksgiving meals, some tend to exercise the extra calories off immediately which means good business for local gyms.

Powered by Frankly