NOT ENOUGH VOTES TO FIRE THE POLICE CHIEF IN ARCOLA!

 

Arcola Police Chief Howard Sylve walked into a special meeting of the City Council Monday night expecting the worse.

Sylve believes the Mayor has it in for him…and that could be true according to sources.

That council meeting was called in part to fire Chief Sylve.

But his saving grace was the lack of a quorum.

The five member council in Arcola didn’t have the votes to move forward with the termination.

One council member was absent for an illness and a second walked out before the body could vote.

Sylve tells the Factor Mayor Evelyn Jones wasn’t to replace him simply because she doesn’t like him.

He says the city leader wants to replace him as chief with two other possible candidates…one being the former Chief of Police in Arcola.

This comes at a time when the small city is already facing a lawsuit from a former officer who said he was just fired recently without cause.

Mayor Jones issued this statement to the Factor earlier this week: 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

4 Comments

  1. concerned city resident July 25, 2012 11:06 pm 

    The people in the city really need to open their eyes. Is it really valid in what the reasons are to let the chief go. How can the city move forward, with all this arguing back and forward. The real question is, Why would the mayor of Arcola state in a meeting that she could take out unsatisfactory write ups out of an employee’s file. Wow. Is this the kind of Mayor that the City needs.inquiring minds would like to know………

  2. SHARON SCRANTON July 25, 2012 11:19 pm 

    MR. ISIAH CAREY AS A RESPECTED CITIZEN OF THE CITY OF ARCOLA ,TEXAS 77583 I WISH TO INVITE YOU TO OUR NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING. ON AUGUST 14TH ,2012
    TIME: 7pm
    LOCATION : 13222 HIGHWAY 6
    PHONE : 281-431-0606
    REASON FOR THIS INVITATION IS FOR YOU TO HEAR THE EVIDENCE FIRST HAND FROM
    COUNCIL MEMBERS , POLICE OFFICERS AND CITIZENS PERTAINING TO ALL ALLEGATIONS AND CONDUCT UNBECOMING OF A POLICE CHIEF.

    RSVP

  3. intheknow July 26, 2012 5:52 pm 

    This Chief has had 10 police jobs in 10 years…that should speak volumes.

  4. Ann Gipson September 7, 2012 10:05 pm 

    Well he is out, YES, now let’s move forward. He needs $3500.00 by next friday, because he wants to suit the city. I have a $1.00 now he needs $3499.00

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