- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Jonesboro’s mayor selected a new police chief for the city after the former chief resigned last month over disparaging Facebook comments about a reporter.

Lt. Rick Elliott was promoted this week to police chief and said he wants to restore a positive image to the department, The Jonesboro Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1qBB8vz ). He said he will increase accountability and transparency.

“This department has faced great challenges,” Elliott said. “Our department has been tested and criticized.”

Former chief Michael Yates quit in August. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin suspended him without pay for series of posts critical of a Jonesboro Sun reporter.

“I believe that we are in need of someone who can provide a fresh, new management style within the department, but also someone who has the immediate trust of the citizens, the administration and the department itself,” Perrin said. “Fortunately, we were able to find just such a candidate from within the ranks of the department.”



Elliot started his law enforcement career in 1979 with the department and has served in both the patrol and criminal investigation divisions.

Detective Mike McCanless said he has high hopes for his new boss.

“He’s one of the best supervisors to work for,” he said. “We strongly believe he will do great things for the community and the department.”

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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