January 30, 2006--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CST
"Right now we are taking applications to see who all is interested and then a police committee will go through the applications to pick out who is the best man for the job," said Bono Mayor L.M. Duncan.
Currently the town is getting by using the remaining two full time patrolmen. Despite the smaller staff the department isn't expecting to have to ask for additional help from nearby law enforcement agencies.
"I have got some feedback from people saying what is the county (Craighead County Sheriffs) doing out here? We have our own police department, Bono wants to take care of Bono, that is the way to put it," said acting Police Chief Jim Matha.
"It's not just the stress of the situation that occurred, it's also the stress of their being a two man force and putting in an 84 hour week," said Matha.
Even though the Bono Police force is currently down a man they don't expect a major drop off in service.
"We'll be there, you may have to call us, we might not be driving through your neighborhood as often, but we'll be there," said Matha.