CENTERVILLE -- City Council eliminated the civilian position of director of police services in a 3-2 vote Tuesday.
At the same time, Mayor John Harley said the city would craft a new chief of police job description.
Harley, along with Councilmen Randall Wright and Micheal Evans, voted to eliminate the position, with Councilmen Cameron Andrews and Jonathan Nichols dissenting.
The position was created by the council following the June resignation of the previous chief of police, Sid Andrews. The new position was filled by former Councilman Ed Tucker who resigned his Post 3 seat to take the job.
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After only being briefly in the role, Tucker was put on what was called non-punitive administrative leave, and the department was placed under the leadership of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.
Council members met for three hours in a closed session discussing the personnel issue prior to meeting in the regular session at 7 p.m.