City to advertise for new chief
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:00 AM
The city will advertise for applications for a new police chief following action Tuesday night by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen voted to advertise for three weeks for a chief, to succeed Bill Cox who resigned effective Aug. 31.
The board also voted 3-2 to rescind a previous order hiring Margie Bell as a police officer.
Cox resigned effective Aug. 31 to become the head of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Olive Branch Police Department.
Assistant Police Chief Julian Greer is currently overseeing the department as he has done previously in the absence of the police chief, Mayor Young said.
At the Sept. 3 meeting, aldermen voted 4-1 to hire Scottie L. Dorman as a corporal in the police department effective Sept. 12 and Bell as a corporal effective Sept. 11.
In making the recommendations, Police Capt. Dan Refre said Dorman worked for Philadelphia PD for four years before taking a position offshore.
"He wants to come back," Refre said.
Bell worked for Philadelphia PD from 1990 to 2008 as a dispatcher and crime prevention coordinator, he said.
She later attended the state law enforcement training academy and worked for Winston County Sheriff's Department.
Ward 1 Alderman Josh Gamblin voted against the new hires during that meeting, saying he would like to see documentation on the two officers in the wake of continuous resignations within the PD.
"We look at resignations and then hire, hire hire," Gamblin said. "I would like to use this as an opportunity to look at raising salaries and revamping the hiring structure and build on it to get some long-term folks."
Ward 4 alderman Cecil Nichols disagreed.
"They are not going to hire someone that is not up to standards," Nichols said. "They are not just hiring people to fill a spot.
"They had these applications but just not bringing them out until we were hiring. We can look longterm."
Refre told aldermen that the PD went through two phases of the hiring process.
"We had 10 to apply and only two or three actually made the cut," he said.
Aldermen also accepted the resignation of Cpl. Lindsey Kidd effective Aug. 27.