Nettleton chief resigns ahead of policy change

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

NETTLETON – An interim police chief is patrolling the streets in Nettleton after the resignation of its former chief Monday night.
Ricky Payne resigned earlier this week during a meeting of the Board of Alderman.
Ronnie Burrough has taken over the job. Burrough has been with the department for a couple years and a police officer for close to 20 years.
Payne said he resigned because of an upcoming change in the city’s payroll policy where he would no longer be paid on an hourly rate or receive comp time for extra hours on the job.
The police chief position and the public works superintendent job are going to be changed from hourly to salaried positions at the beginning of the year to save money for the town.
Mayor R.V. Adams said Payne left his job on good terms.
“We didn’t have job descriptions in the city and decided to create some and decided to make those two positions salaried ones,” said Adams. “Department heads are exempt employees and work on salaries in most towns. So we decided to do the same. The chief and I had a very good relationship, so he left on good terms as far as I’m concerned.”
Adams said city employees don’t get paid overtime but instead get company time for all hours over 40 where they can take a paid day later.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.