Glenwood receives ‘several applications’ for police officer jobs after department resigns

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    Pike County Sheriff’s Office to handle calls, patrol

    PJ TRACY
    Glenwood Herald, Editor
    GLENWOOD – At Tuesday
    night’s Glenwood City
    council meeting, police chief
    Randy Reid submitted his
    resignation.
    The resignation will be
    effective October 30, according
    to Glenwood Mayor Ron
    Martin.
    The council accepted the
    resignation unanimously.
    According to Martin, the
    meeting was originally called
    because the other officers indicated
    to him they wanted a
    meeting with the board.
    At the meeting, all of Glenwood’s
    officers, excluding
    Reid, resigned their jobs.
    “They all turned in their
    badges, equipment and stuff
    and resigned,” confirmed
    Martin.
    The board accepted the
    group’s resignation, and
    went into executive session
    to further discuss the situation.
    After that discussion,
    Reid tendered his resignation.
    “I think the other officer’s
    point was a lack of communication,
    up and down the
    chain [of command], they
    were not happy about that,”
    said Martin.
    The Mayor confirmed
    that there was a recent incident
    that may have brought
    the issue “to a head” but
    stated that he’d rather not
    go into further details about
    any single incident, and felt
    that it was an accumulation
    of incidents via the afore
    mentioned lack of communication.
    A search for a new police
    chief is going forward, however,
    the source said the city
    was in no hurry and that
    they would name an interim
    chief if necessary until the
    process was completed.
    “We’ve talked about a
    plan, but there is no plan in
    place yet, we haven’t delved
    into it. We know we’re going
    to have to hire some officers,
    and probably we will
    not have another chief of
    police – we’ll probably have
    an officer that will be called
    an ‘assistant chief’ or ‘acting
    chief’ — but we will likely go in
    that direction,” stated Martin.
    “We will have to replace
    two full time officers.”
    Martin said there was
    a process to doing such –
    advertising the positions included
    – but that the city has
    already received several applications
    for the positions.
    Martin said that Pike
    County Sheriff Charlie
    Caldwell has agreed to have
    the Sheriff’s Department
    (PCSO) help cover Glenwood.
    “He assured me that he
    and his deputies would help
    cover and take calls until we
    [the City] got all of our stuff
    straightened out and get
    back to normal. It’s going to
    take time for us to get it all
    worked out,” said Martin.
    Martin also added that everything
    was under control
    and that the citizens of Glenwood
    didn’t need to worry
    about not being represented
    by law enforcement.
    “For this period of time
    the PCSO has agreed to po–lice our area and stay
    on top of that – they have
    assured me they will – and
    we’ll roll out phone here for
    direct calls to the Sheriff’s
    Department, and they’ll have
    some deputies up in this
    area, and if we have to we’ll
    work out something else.
    We have some ideas, maybe
    hire an off duty policeman
    or something like that to fill
    in for a period of time. But
    we’ve made no decisions
    despite having talked about
    several things. The people
    will be covered.”
    Martin said that the
    board would continue the
    discussion through October
    and that there would
    “probably no official decision”
    until the November
    council meeting. “But, there
    will be ongoing discussions
    throughout October about
    what we need to do and what
    direction we need to go. We’ll
    have to have some meeting
    to discuss what the future of
    police department is going
    to be here in Glenwood and
    where we are going to go.”
    And, while he feels the
    council is working diligently
    on the issue, Martin stated
    that the local citizenry is
    “welcome to make suggestions
    – that’s no problem –
    that’s their right to come in
    and say ‘we think this or we
    think that.’”