Nettleton may switch from elected to appointed police chief

The mayor and aldermen plan to discuss allowing the police chief position to be filled by appointment rather than by holding an election.

Posted: Feb 9, 2019 8:58 AM
Updated: Feb 9, 2019 9:06 AM

NETTLETON, Miss. (WTVA) - Town leaders in Nettleton are looking at making a change in how the police chief is chosen.

Right now, that position is filled during municipal elections every four years.

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However, the town may join most Mississippi communities in having the chief appointed instead of elected.

Mayor Mem Riley and aldermen will hold a public hearing on the proposal February 22 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Following that, aldermen are expected to vote on the proposed switch during their meeting March 4.

If passed, Nettleton would start appointing its police chief in July 2021.

At least one person wrote on Facebook she's opposed to the idea.

"They're trying to take away my right to vote," said Angela Vinson.

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