Verona board OKs new police chief

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

VERONA – City leaders could name a new police chief today after the Board of Alderman voted to hire a replacement for former Chief Leo Mask.
Mask left the office at the start of the year to become Pontotoc County sheriff. Since then, Assistant Chief J.B. Long has led the department.
Alderman voted on the new chief Tuesday after receiving eight applications.
But Mayor Bobby Williams said he’s not ready to release details because the individual hadn’t formally accepted yet. It’s unclear when that will happen, and if he accepts, when he will start.
The department has 12 employees, including officers and administrative assistants.
Mask had been chief for about two years prior to his election as sheriff. Before that, Long was the chief and said he has everything under control during the transition period.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com