Harris passes on Sardis Police Chief

Harris passes on Sardis Police Chief

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By Rupert Howell
Thanks, but no thanks.
Eric “Buck” Harris will not be the new Sardis Police Chief but he wants to help to the extent he can until they find one.
The town board terminated their former police chief and assistant chief during the first meeting of the new administration last Tuesday, July 5 naming Harris as the former chief Chris Martin’s replacement.
Martin appeared upset during that meeting but the following week said the decision had worked out for the best. New opportunities had approached and Martin stated he had recently awoken one morning feeling, “stress free.”
Harris said Wednesday morning, “It (the chief’s position) will require more time than I have to give. They need a full-time person where he can put his undivided attention to it to get it where it needs to be.”
Harris is an elected official serving as the First Court District’s Constable, owns an auto body shop and recently purchased an 18-wheeler putting him into the trucking business.
Sardis Alderman held an unannounced meeting Tuesday, July 11 but did not discuss the police chief’s position according to one alderman who stated the board reviewed applications for the City Clerk’s position.
That position was the only unfilled position with all other city employees rehired with the exception of the police chief and assistant. The former city clerk had recently resigned.

4 Comments

  1. Alisa on July 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Why were the past police chief and assistant terminated by the board?

    • Editor on July 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Department heads and other public positions similar to this serve, “at the will and pleasure of the board,” according to state law. You’ll have to ask the individual aldermen their reason.

    • Town resident on July 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

      They weren’t terminated, when new officials take office such as mayor an alderman there are no city employees everyone has to be rehired they simply did not get rehired and now there (as in mayor an aldermen) plan is blowing up in there face.

  2. Chris E on July 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    If the new board that gets in office keeps firing police chiefs every term, they are going to have a real hard time finding a quality person to fill that role.

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