Bauxite police chief to resign Oct. 31
Bauxite Police Chief Ron Parsons announced during a Monday City Council meeting that he will resign on Oct. 31.
Parson said the decision is for personal reasons. He also recommended to the council that Lt. Jamie Barlow be considered for the chief's position.
"I feel that since my time here there has been a lot of improvement in the department," Parsons said. "We don't get complaints, we just don't."
Parsons did not list specific reasons for resigning, but Mayor Johnny McMahan mentioned that the chief is also a full-time detective for the Saline County Sheriff's Office.
"We appreciate all that he has done here," McMahan said. "I think he has done a great job and we all appreciate what he has done here."
Parsons was named part-time police chief in June of 2011.
"I started my career as a police cadet in 1978," Parsons said. "I have worked as a patrol officer, crime scene investigator, field investigator and a detective. I have worked as a Bauxite police officer, as an officer for Arkansas Health Center and a detective for the Saline County Sheriff's Office."
When hired as chief, Parsons told The Saline Courier, "Bauxite has a low crime rate, good schools and is a great place to live. We are close to all the major conveniences, but still have a friendly small-town feel. The Bauxite Police Department is small, but it is going to be known for its professional officers. But don't just take my word for it; come see for yourself."
Parsons replaced Jimmy Hood, who retired from the position April 1, 2011, after 10 years of service as chief and officer. Parsons is a 34-year veteran law enforcement officer.