CH council appoints Bobo as police chief
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 06, 2012 | 2437 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper) speaks with newly elected mayor of Carbon Hill James “Pee Wee” Richardson during the operational session of the Carbon Hill City Council Monday morning. – Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
State Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper) speaks with newly elected mayor of Carbon Hill James “Pee Wee” Richardson during the operational session of the Carbon Hill City Council Monday morning. – Photo by: Daniel Gaddy.
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CARBON HILL — The newly elected members of the Carbon Hill City Council on Monday appointed Kenneth Bobo as the city’s new police chief.

Bobo, who currently serves as the police chief for the City of Cordova, said he would like to thank the council and the residents of Carbon Hill for the opportunity.

“This is my hometown, and serving as Carbon Hill’s Police Chief has been a career focus of mine since I got into law enforcement,” he said.

Council Member Chris Pschirer cast the only no vote in the motion to appoint Bobo.

Carbon Hill’s former Police Chief Heath Allred said it was an honor to serve in the position.

“I think it’s quite obvious what happened here today,” Allred said. “Absolutely nothing against Chief Bobo, who is and will remain a good friend of mine, but I think it’s easy to read between the lines.”

Allred’s wife, Jacque Roberson Allred, ran for mayor against James “Pee Wee” Richardson. She and a former council candidate, Todd Vick, are contesting Carbon Hill’s Oct. 9 runoff election. Their motions challenging the results state that felons were allowed to vote, voters were turned away from the polls and many provisional and absentee ballots were never counted.

Heath Allred said he will work with the new administration in any way possible to improve the city.

“I’d also like to thank the great officers, dispatchers and jailers,” he said. “They are truly a great group to work with.”

Heath Allred said his family will remain in Carbon Hill, and he plans to stay in law enforcement.

“I believe that with God as my guide, good opportunities are in my near future,” he said.

Bobo said he thanks the previous administration for all they’ve done within the department. He added that his door will always be open to Carbon Hill residents.

In other business, the council:

•Appointed District 3 Council Member Terry Mason as the mayor pro tem.

•Accepted the resignation of Assistant City Clerk Denise Clements.

•Voted to temporarily re-appoint the current employees in positions such as the city clerk, fire chief and the judges and prosecutors associated with city court. The measure will remain in effect until the council has time to discuss any changes in the staff.

While Pschirer voted to keep Kim Sides as the city clerk, he cast the only no vote for the measures to reappoint the city court workers and the fire chief.

•Re-appointed Matt LeDuke of the Lowe, Mobley, Lowe and LeDuke Law firm of Hamilton as the city’s attorney.

•Adjourned for an executive session to discuss a lawsuit against the city.

•Changed the council’s regular meeting schedule. Rather than meeting the first and third Thursday of every month, the council will now meet at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.

•Carbon Hill officials held the council’s organizational session in which the newly elected candidates were sworn in by state Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper). The candidates included Mayor Richardson as well as council members William “Billy” Wright, Terry Mason, Anthony Hammond and Ken “Sarge” Blankensopp. Pschirer, who will be serving a second term as a council member, was also sworn in.