Hodge Town Council refuses to act on firing of police officer

As there was a very limited agenda on hand, the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Village of Hodge Board of Aldermen that was held on Tuesday, will be remembered more for what didn’t take place than what did. 

In the session that barely lasted long enough for everyone to get settled, With Hodge Mayor Gerald Palmer being absent from the proceedings, Mayor Pro-Tem Willard Willis called the meeting to order. Quick approval of the August meeting minutes and the July financials paved the way for the department head reports. 

Fire Chief, Michael Heard was first, stating that his department responded to three medical emergencies, two wrecks, one smoke alarm alert and conducted one drill. Chief of Police, Travis Reed, followed by asking the Board to approve the firing of Deputy Cody Cheatwood. Immediately Councilperson Martha Buchan and Willis stated their dissent.

“I recommended we postpone this decision,” said Buchan, which was quickly followed with Willard Willis making a motion to table the request. Buchan, Willis and Steve Fox unanimously approved the recommendation.

sampsonReed then requested that Kijana Sampson be hired to the police force which was met with unanimous approval. The meeting was then adjourned following the council agreeing to allow officers of the police department to stop having money put into their retirement in lieu of increased pay.  

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