Mayor: Parkin City Council fires several employees

Mayor: Parkin City Council fires several employees

PARKIN, AR (KAIT) - The Parkin City Council made many significant changes in a meeting on Thursday night.

Mayor Willie Patterson said many of the changes involved city employees.

Mayor Patterson told Region 8 News the council fired 2 street and sanitation workers and a city dispatcher after an executive session.

Mayor Patterson also said the council initiated a hiring freeze.

"I am the elected mayor but they took all of my duties and responsibilities away from me," Mayor Patterson wrote in an email to Region 8 News. Patterson said he may take legal action against the council.

Mayor Patterson said he is now worried about the town's operations. In the email to Region 8 News, Patterson said the city has water meters to check and garbage to pick up, but no one to do the job.

This all comes after Parkin Police Chief Jeremy McNeil resigned on Wednesday from the Parkin Police Department.

Mayor Patterson said McNeil resigned after he received a job with the Wynne Police Department. The police department then nominated Ken Culbert as the Interim Police Chief.

This is not the only city official to resign in the past few weeks. Parkin City Clerk Mary Ann Whitlock also resigned from her position. The reasons for her resignation are still unclear.

Mayor Patterson said the council hired a new clerk at Thursday's meeting.

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