Former police chief reinstated

Lepanto Meeting on Police Dept.

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) - At the special city council meeting called on Thursday night, the Lepanto City Council voted to reinstate former Police Chief Chad Henderson.

This follows Mayor Dale Dunlap's decision on Tuesday where he demoted Henderson and appointed David Kinney as the new chief.

The mayor called the meeting to order and then went into executive session to discuss the demotion.

When the council returned, Dunlap announced 4 people voted to reinstate Henderson and 2 voted against.

Earnie Hill, a council member, was one of three members who called the special meeting.

Hill said they wanted to get together and let the people know that everything was going to be fine.

"The citizens of this town were kind of blindsided by this ordeal that started first thing Tuesday morning and the city council members included," Hill said. "Ever since then each member, each council member's phones and lives have kind of been turned upside down."

Hill said starting Tuesday, he began to receive calls from many people wondering what happened.

He said another reason for the special meeting was to make sure everything was done right.

Both Hill and Henderson said they were happy with the outcome of the meeting.

Henderson was grateful to hear the applause and support from the community after the vote results were announced.

He said all that is left to do now is to get back to work.

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