By Stephanie Rebman/NEMS Daily Journal
NETTLETON – Police Chief Ronnie Burroughs was let go Saturday morning by city leaders.
According to Mayor R.V. Adams, the board of aldermen voted 3-2 to dismiss the chief at a special-called board meeting. Adams said the motion before the board was to dismiss him for falsifying time cards.
At the city’s February board meeting, they will discuss hiring a replacement, including advertising for the job.
Lt. Steve Cooper has been appointed to lead the department in the interim.
“This was the best move for the city of Nettleton,” Adams said.
Burroughs, who has led the Nettleton Police Department for about one year, told the Daily Journal in an earlier interview he has documents to prove workers were on the job for the hours paid.
His son is Rusty Burroughs, a part-time police officer in the department who was hired by the previous chief.
“The actual hours Rusty has worked far exceed the hours he has been paid,” Burroughs said Tuesday. “I have official records from E-911 that verify the total hours Rusty has worked and confirm no (extra) hours have been given to him.”