This week Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates resigned in the wake of a 30 day, unpaid suspension for comments he made about a reporter on Facebook. In his resignation letter, he took responsibility, saying anger and pride got in the way of his judgment and wisdom.
Life is full of teaching moments. Mr. Yates will have to live with this one, but we should all be careful about what we say and where.
It seems as though social media is littered with vile, negative comments. We've all said things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. While we hold our government officials to a higher standard, we should take this moment to look in the mirror. As my mom would say "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
That's something to think about the next time you head to the keyboard to blow off some steam. Ask yourself: is that how I want others to see me? How about my family and the example I'm setting?
What's done is done and we wish Mike Yates nothing but the best. Now, I implore Mayor Perrin to find our city a top officer who not only takes care of their officers and the city, but all interests. It'll make this A Better Region 8.
- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager