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|Ferriday Council says 'no' to elected chief|
The Ferriday Town Council voted 3-2 against approving an ordinance to elect a police chief Tuesday at its monthly meeting.
Currently, the mayor appoints the police chief.
The board voted 3-2 to open the proposal for a public hearing regarding electing a chief.
Resident Betty Johnson said she felt the board should approve the ordinance to take the pressure off the mayor and board.
McGlothin explained an elected chief would do his own hiring and firing, but the board would still be over his budget.
Mayor-elect Gene Allen asked McGlothin what the budget was for Vidalia, which elects its police chief.
McGlothin said he did not care what Vidalia's budget was, which led to a brief disagreement between McGlothin and Allen.
Allen said the Town of Ferriday cannot afford to have a police chief spend over their budget.
Allen said Vidalia and Ferriday have close to the same population numbers, but Vidalia's police department has 75 people employed for its department, which is more than the entire number of town employees for Ferriday. A spokesperson with the Vidalia Police Department said they have 32 employees.
"Well they can do what y'all did and write three million tickets," McGlothin said.
Alderman Elijah "Stepper" Banks, who introduced the ordinance, said you can not compare Vidalia and Ferriday.
"If we have an elected chief, we will get very professional law enforcement from that department," he said. "The leadership there has not been up to par in a while."
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