Jonesboro police look to retired lieutenant to fill vacant position

Jonesboro police look to retired lieutenant to fill vacant position

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is ready to fill a recently vacated position in their department.

The Sex Offender Registration Specialist position was created last year and created some controversy when Mayor Perrin's son was hired for the job.

Mark Perrin recently left the post and now, Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said they've found a perfect fit for the open position.

Chief Elliott said after reviewing multiple applications and conducting interviews, they feel retired Paragould Police Lieutenant Tony Williams is the right fit for the job.

"By bringing this person in, we're not having to start at ground zero," Chief Elliott said. "He can come in and pick up pretty much where he left off in Paragould, just different names and faces."

Chief Elliott said part of the reason they are interested in Lt. Williams, is his knowledge of the job.

"He dealt with sex offenders during his tenure with the Paragould Police Department, so he already has a working knowledge of this," Chief Elliott said. "We're way ahead of the game, I believe, with this person."

The council backed Chief Elliott's choice for the job.

Chief Elliott said Williams will be able to start with the department on May 1.

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