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Hornersville residents fight to keep electing police chief

HORNERSVILLE, MO -

Hornersville residents were very vocal during the last city council meeting so they could keep electing their police chief. 

Hornersville Mayor William "Bub" Foresythe said the motion was brought up after the Senath council passed the same motion.

During the next election Senath will let the voters decide if they want to keep voting on the police chief or just let the council appoint the position. 

Many voters in Hornersville said they want to keep the voting process.

The motion died on the council floor that night.

Mayor Foresythe said he understands why the citizens like the control.

"Taxpayers money is paying their salary and they want to have someone here in town that they are paying that they know is going to take care of them and their family and they don't want to hire outside," Foresythe said. 

If the council took over the appointment process they would most likely have to hire outside the city.  

Currently anyone can be elected as police chief and then they can do the required training needed after being elected. 

Foresythe said if there is no resident qualified or willing to do the required training they would have to appoint an outside person. 

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