Town eliminates chief of police position, saves money

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) - In order to save thousands of dollars an East Texas town is doing away with the chief of police position.

White Oak's mayor says he did not want to raise taxes, and the rough economy is forcing the city to make a tough choice.

"We felt like with Charlie Smith being the prior chief for seven years, that he could transition into the Director of Public Safety/City Coordinator position, and we could eliminate the police chief position," said Mayor Joe Carrington.

The city says they will save over $100,000 by eliminating the position. White Oak's assistant police chief, Terry Roach will run the department's day to day operations.