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Poplarville Board of Aldermen ask officer to resign

The Poplarville Board of Aldermen held a special session Thursday to discuss personnel matters in the police department.

After holding the executive session, the Board unanimously voted to terminate a police officer or give him the opportunity to resign, said Mayor Rossie Creel.

Creel said there are no additional details concerning the Board’s decision that he can share, because they are personnel issues.

Creel said he has no concerns about the police department as a whole, and he has complete faith in everyone at the department.

“Our police department’s in a rebuilding process, and we are trying to build the most professional department we can that can provide top notch services to our citizens. That’s what we’re after,” said Creel.

The police department already has two job postings for officers, because an officer resigned in September and another officer resigned in October. Creel said turnover is probably higher this year than usual.

“Ordinarily we don’t have a lot of turnover, but in the world of law enforcement these days, we have trouble getting good qualified police officers on staff,” Creel said.

Police services are not interrupted and will not be interrupted due to these circumstances, Creel said.

“We will continue to provide full coverage throughout the city and [the public] can have confidence that they’re going to be safe no matter what,” Creel said.