Thursday, March 13, 2014
No interim police chief to be named
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Police Department will be administered by Mayor Kelvin Buck while the city studies its next move in hiring a new chief of police to replace retired William Hollowell.
Hollowell spent his last day on the job Friday. He was hired as police chief October 8, 2012.
Hollowell provided some accomplishments he feels the department made during his short stay. They included:
• the purchase of six AR-15 rifles for the department with seized drug funds. The rifles were to equip the police force with protection to match and defend officers against criminals involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities, Hollowell said.
• the establishment of a Citizens Police Advisory Council (CPAC) composed of at least one representative from each ward. The council meets the last Monday in each month.
• the authorization from the mayor and board of aldermen to establish a Police Explorer Program for students 13-18 years old.
• the formation of a joint Metro Narcotics Task Force between the city and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. The task force has been very successful in combatting drug-related crimes and other criminal activities, Hollowell said.
• the restructuring of the police department with mayor and board approval. The restructuring included establishing a detective division, a services division, and a patrol operations division, Hollowell said.
• the establishment of an “Officer of the Month” program which recognizes outstanding performance of duty by individual officers. The officer receives a certificate of achievement and his or her picture is posted in the department.
Mayor Buck praised Hollowell for a job well done and explained how the board intends to operate the department until a new chief has been hired.
“Where we are now,” said Buck, “I will be handling the administrative duties of the police department in the interim.
“Our chain of command that is currently in place will be responsible for the day-to-day operations. Their role is policing and ours is administration. We will not have an interim chief.”
Buck said a consulting firm will be hired to study three things – leadership existing in high-ranking officers, organizational structure, and policy characteristics.
Both internal policy and the police department policy will be studied, he said.
Buck said the board of aldermen has agreed to advertise for a request for proposal (RFP) that will seek the counsel of a reputable and qualified consulting firm to help the city with the study.
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