Homer Police Chief fighting disbandment

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 8:17am

With a unanimous vote Monday, the Homer City Council and Mayor voted to disband their police department as of March 1. While the Claiborne Parish Sheriff's Office prepares to take over, two officers and Police Chief Russell Mills would remain keeping the town safe.

Mills has hired a lawyer, not for himself, even though his pay would be cut drastically with this plan, but for his officers. Many of them are the only income in their households and have children.

Mills isn't the only person unhappy about the decision made Monday. Local townspeople are unhappy as well, wanting to keep their police department.

The Sheriff's Office isn't planning to take over until the end of August. Until that time there would be just three people to protect the town, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For Mills, that just isn't enough, so he's fighting back.

Note: KMSS-TV tried to contact the City Attorney several times, but received no response.

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I think the mayor and the town council should be replaced. This town has been poorly run ever since they were elected to office. Why the townspeople should bury their heads in the sand and blindly follow their leadership, I have no clue. Someone is getting favors somewhere.

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