Hayneville's Police Chief Reinstated Pending Certain Conditions


By Amanda Wade

Hayneville's police chief was suspended last week for insubordination, and Monday night, the city council met to determine his fate, but did not announce their decision to the community.

In an interview after the meeting adjourned, Hayneville mayor Kelvin Lawrence says the police chief will be reinstated Tuesday, pending that he meets certain conditions, but some community members are not happy the suspension was not addressed publicly in the meeting.

The mayor says police chief Kelvin Mitchell was suspended for insubordination for the way the Mayor say Mitchell attempted to arrest Lowndes County Schools superintendent, Daniel Boyd, after a school board meeting Thursday night, "And that was a direct order for him not to do it in the way that he was planning to do it. Which was a direct order that I felt like it was insubordinate for him to do that...I just didn't want the way he was trying to arrest the superintendent to happen that way," says Lawrence. 
The mayor would not comment on what those conditions are. 
Community members say they are happy the police chief is being reinstated, but wish the city council would have made an announcement about the matter, "You know he's making a decision, they're making their decisions, but we still have a lot of people behind him with positive things to say about him, but we're not being heard being a tax payer for Hayneville," says Romeka Smith, a Hayneville community member who attended the meeting. 

Lawrence also says he would not comment about Mitchell's reasons for wanting to arrest the superintendent, but says it concerns some pending cases.
The mayor says the police chief has worked for the police department for more than 10 years, and this is the first time they have had a disciplinary issue of this magnitude. 
The police chief was not at Monday's meeting. 


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