It’s starting to get ugly in the small city of Arcola. It’s where we hear there is special meeting of the City Council that’s been called to reportedly fire the Police Chief. The Insite had a chance to speak with Howard Sylve. He says Mayor Evelyn Jones wants him out because she wants the old police chief back on the job. Chief Sylve, who’s been in the position for four months, says the Mayor has complained about his job performance but he knows her true motive is to oust him from the position and bring back a friend. I made a call to Mayor Jones who said she’s looking into the allegations and she would get back with me. In the meantime, Chief Sylve has provided me with a copy of the letter sent to him by the Mayor!
Note: Mayor Jones sent a statement saying: Right now, there is just a formal list of complaints. The whole City Council has the responsibility to hear the complaints and decide if they are true. The whole City Council also has the authority to decide if they are true. The whole City Council also has the authority to decide what action should be taken. The Council has not made either decision.
Regarding Former Chief Bartley: I worked in the Police Department with Chief Bartley for five years, so I know him and his work professionally.
Mayor Evelyn Jones
City of Arcola