UPDATE: Mantachie police department reduces force

By The Itawamba County Times

The Mantachie Police Department has undergone some rearranging in the last couple of weeks after losing one of its officers.

According to Mantachie Police Chief Richard Erickson, officer Mark Underwood was let go last month for unspecified reasons. Erickson told the Mantachie Board of Aldermen during their recent meeting that Underwood failed to pass his probationary period.

“Officer Underwood was on a probationary period and did not make the probationary period according to the standards that I set,” Erickson told the board.

Underwood was hired in August of last year as one of Erickson’s first official actions as police chief. He served as one of the town’s full-time officers.

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