Centerville residents address police department concerns to council

CENTERVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Centerville residents are concerned about the multiple changes of leadership within the police department.

A couple of them spoke out during Tuesday night’s council meeting. This comes after city leaders placed the police director, Ed Tucker, and Lt. Phillip Pritchett on paid administrative leave. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily running the police department.

One citizen is worried about the costs involved and believes council isn’t being open about this issue.

“It seems to be a mystery what’s going on. We don’t really get too many answers other than what we hear on the news and what we read in the paper,” Paul Collins, a concerned Centerville resident said.

Mayor John Harley says they are still trying to figure out the costs involved with the agreement between the city and sheriff’s office. He also tells 41NBC residents have no reason to be concerned.

“Citizens are not aware of all the things that are going on because we can’t release personnel information out there,” Harley said. “So they speculate on what it is and they express their concerns based on speculation and we know that and we appreciate that.”

Harley says council is in the process of figuring out how it will search for a new police chief. He expects board members will make a selection within the next three months.

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