OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship held a press conference to address the public on Police Chief Marlos Walker and Police Captain Tim Hicks being terminated at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.
Mayor Mark Blankenship said what lead to the firing of Ozark’s Police Chief and Captain at a Wednesday morning news conference.
“We’re here today, we wanted to do this press conference because all this happened late last night and didn’t get the opportunity. I’m pretty much going to be reading because I don’t want to get off track.
Last Friday, I was briefed on allegations of inappropriate and unprofessional behavior by both Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker and Major Tim Hicks.
I started an investigation that afternoon. Over the next three days, I and the City Clerk Denise Strickland, interviewed many current and past city employees. After these interviews we believed the allegations against Chief Marlos Walker and Major Hicks had been verified.
Last night at an Executive Session, we presented these allegations and findings to the City Council and to the City Attorney, Joe Adams.
We returned from the Executive Session and the council voted to remove Chief Walker as police chief effective immediately.
After the meeting, I, as the Mayor and City Clerk Denise Strickland, terminated Major Tim Hicks based on policy and procedure violations. Details of these finding will not be discussed due to the nature of these findings and the other (individuals) that are involved.
Last night at 9:45 p.m. I named retired Trooper Charles Ward as the Interim Ozark Police Chief.”Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship
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