Blytheville Mayor Names New Police Chief

JANUARY 5, 2007 - Posted at 11:41 a.m. CST

BLYTHEVILLE, AR - Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison announced this morning that he has appointed Officer-in-Charge Ross Thompson to serve as the new chief of the Blytheville Police Department.

Thompson has been serving as Officer-in-Charge since February of 2005...around the same time that former Chief Royce Carpenter left the department amid allegations of racial remarks and unfair treatment of officers.

Thompson has been an officer with the BPD since 1991.  He is a 1981 graduate of Blytheville High School and a former student of criminal justice at Arkansas Northeastern College.  He has worked in both the BPD's Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division.

"As you know, I said I would not appoint anyone to the position of Chief that did not have a minimum of two-thirds of the City Council's support," said Harrison.  "I'm happy to say that Ross Thompson has 100 percent support of the Council, tremendous support from within the Department and great respect for citizens all over Blytheville."