TPD looks for new deputy police chief

By EMILY LE COZ / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Police Department will hire a new deputy chief after Robert Hall’s unexpected resignation last week.
Chief Tony Carleton said he’ll start making decisions next week on how to handle the hiring process, but he confirmed Tuesday that the position will be filled.
Hall announced his resignation Friday, ending his second stint as deputy chief. His first one ended in 2007, when he resigned after pleading guilty to misdemeanors related to his release of a hit-and-run suspect.
The suspect later was charged with the crime and served timed in prison.
The deputy chief’s position remained vacant until Carleton rehired Hall in March. But Hall had lost his law enforcement certification when he stepped down in 2007, so his new duties were limited to administration and outreach.
He had applied for recertification, but when it was denied Friday by the state Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training, he announced his resignation.
“Until the end of next week, I’m not going to be able to focus my attention on that yet,” Carleton said, “but I do feel like I need that position filled.”
The City Council has budgeted $59,000 for a deputy chief.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.