Trumann mayor responds to recall petition
A petition to recall Trumann mayor Sheila Walters has circulated through the Trumann community over the last few weeks.
Pam Willbanks, mother of Trumann detective Erik Willbanks, who was terminated from the Trumann Police Department following an investigation into former Police Chief Tony Rusher, set up an office last week to collect signatures for the petition.
Asked for her response to the petition, Walters said, "First of all, it's a sad situation that the city was put in. It's sad that these issues came up within the police department."
Walters added she feels the issue of Willbanks' termination is the main reason behind the recall, but she defended both her actions and the right of people to protest.
"I followed the policies and procedures in terminating Officer Willbanks," she said. "I believe people have the right to stand up for what they believe in. I believe in treating people equally and following the law."
Regarding the Rusher investigation, Walters said, "All the evidence is in the prosecutor's hands. Any possible legal action will be taken by the prosecuting attorney. [District Prosecuting Attorney] Scott Ellington will be making whatever decisions need to be made."
When contacted, Pam Willbanks refused to make any comments regarding the petition.