Leachville city council approves hire of new police chief

Leachville city council approves hire of new police chief

LEACHVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The city of Leachville has a new police chief.

Monday night, the Leachville City Council voted to hire Chris Ellis to fill the vacant chief position.

Former Chief Steve Lancaster was fired in early October by Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells.

Lancaster, who was at the meeting Monday, spoke before the council. It's something he's wanted to do since he was fired.

Though Lancaster gave a speech about his departure from the police department, the meeting remained civil.

Region 8 News caught up with Lancaster after the meeting and heard his thoughts on the meeting and the future of the Leachville Police Department.

"I didn't want any outbursts," Lancaster said. "They need to have closure and they need to move on, the police department needs to heal and my family and I need to move on and heal as well. I think the outcome was best, they had what they had to say, I had what I had to say and it's time to move on."

Lancaster told Region 8 News that he has the utmost faith in Ellis as police chief.

Ellis wasn't the only new hire at the police department though. Mike Shivley was hired on Monday night as a part-time police officer.

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