Former Pine Bluff police chief requests appeal

    10:53 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Former Pine Bluff Police Chief wants a chance to give her side of the story to city leaders.

    Twp Pine Bluff aldermen expect a meeting for Brenda Davis-Jones request but don't know when it will happen.

    Brenda Davis-Jones sent in a four-sentence letter to the Pine Bluff City attorney, writing "I am requesting a special call meeting to appeal my firing before the city council."

    The city attorney wrote to the mayor and city council about the meeting request. The letter said the council can tackle this in a regularly scheduled meeting or have a special one like Davis-Jones wants.

    Mayor Hollingsworth said it's her understanding Davis Jones has up until the next city council meeting, which is Jan. 22, to have an alderman bring up her appeal. She added that firing the chief was a business decision; her administration was having different visions as it relates to crime.

    Several Pine Bluff residents told THV 11 News that Davis-Jones deserves a shot at an appeal.

    "I think that's the fair thing to do. I think Ms. Hollingsworth would want the same thing. If it was the other way around, I think she'd want the same thing done to her, too," said Sebastian Stargell.

    "I think everybody deserves a shot when it comes to your job, and I think that the new mayor should give the chief of police an opportunity to make an opinion about herself and prove herself," added Patricia Dixson.

    Three other residents felt otherwise, but did not want to go on camera. They said Davis-Jones should have gone a long time ago, and that it's the new mayor's right to bring new people into her administration.

    If the city council agrees to take up the former chief's appeal, they will need a two-thirds majority vote to override the mayor's firing. Four out of eight council members reached would not say how they might vote.

    Davis-Jones' tenure with the Pine Bluff police included a no-confidence vote by some of her officers, but when a similar vote was brought to city council, it split and did not succeed.

    Davis-Jones did not immediately return THV 11's call.

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