NEW DETAILS: Allegations of theft led to Brookland police chief's firing


Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones told Region 8 News, a state legislative audit was requested by Second Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington's office to investigate the mishandling of money being taken in at the police department and brought to the Brookland City Hall.

Jones said after the audit came in, Rusher was placed on administrative leave and after further investigation and additional findings by the city, it was decided it was in the best interest of the city to terminate Rusher.

Rusher was employed with the Brookland Police Department for 19 years.

Jones said Captain John Moore will serve as interim chief until he appoints a new one.

Moore was hired in 2007 and worked as a school resource officer for the Brookland School District.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington;

It is my understanding that the Mayor of Brookland has directed questions about this matter to my office. Attached to this email is my letter to the Arkansas State Police requesting an investigation into these allegations. At this time, the investigation is ongoing.

The City of Brookland is without a police chief right now.

Brookland Mayor Kenneth Jones confirms that police chief Mark Rusher has been fired. Jones referred all questions on the matter to city attorney Kevin Orr.

"No more money will be taken at the PD, it's not pointing fingers at any of the police officers," said Mayor Jones. "The auditors have suggested that we do all the receipts here and that just reduces the paper trail."

According to Mayor Jones, anyone wanting an accident or arrest report will now pay for those at city hall and take their receipt to the police department for pick-up.

We are trying to get details about why he was terminated.

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