JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates has resigned.
A resignation letter was submitted to Mayor Harold Perrin on Monday.
The former chief of police was serving a 30-day suspension without pay which started last Friday, Aug. 22. The suspension was due to Facebook comments made about a Jonesboro newspaper reporter.
Yates' resignation letter reads as follows:
Mayor Perrin said in statement Tim Eads, assistant police chief, will continue to be the interim police chief of Jonesboro.
"We want to go very slow and methodical on this because there has been a lot of publicity on this situation," Perrin told Region 8 News. He said he does not have a set deadline for filling the position and he is confident the interim chief will do a great job.
"Chief Eads is a 30 plus year veteran with the Jonesboro PD, he knows his staff over there and I talked to him this afternoon and he didn't mind at all," Perrin said.
Mayor Perrin said he will first look within the department to fill the position before looking outside the city. He hopes to find a police chief before the budget progress begins for next year.