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New Columbus police chief comments on officer's status

New Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton takes issue with a newspaper story saying a community relations officer was forced out of her job.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 7:49 PM
Updated: Jan. 11, 2018 7:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - New Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton takes issue with a newspaper story saying a community relations officer was forced out of her job.

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Shelton says in a statement Officer Rhonda Sanders was not ousted from the position.

The chief says Sanders decided to step down from the job after being moved to another shift.  

In an earlier statement, Shelton said some employees were being reassigned to meet the department's needs.

He added that the Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out programs will not be abandoned. 

Shelton says his goal is to implement community policing and is asking for the public's trust and patience.

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