Lepanto Police Chief reinstated
After two days of uncertainty last week, Chad Henderson was reinstated as Lepanto Police Chief after a special council meeting Thursday, Sept. 8.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Mayor Dale Dunlap had demoted Henderson to a patrolman, but Henderson said he would rather resign. Henderson quit, the mayor appointed David Kinney as police chief, and several other police employees quit, prompting three council members to call a special meeting Thursday.
When the meeting came to order, Alderman Earnie Hill said the meeting had been called to deal with the replacement of the police chief and discuss Henderson's reinstatement. Hill immediately requested the council go into executive session to discuss the issue.
The council returned after a half hour of discussion, and Mayor Dunlap announced the council had decided to reinstate Henderson. There was unanimous applause from the audience as this was announced, and an official was then made publicly. The council voted 5-1 to reinstate Henderson with Sarah Case voting against and Charles Mahan abstaining. Leroy Madlock was absent.
Two years ago, in May of 2014, the council reinstated Henderson to chief after then Mayor Steve Jernigan had demoted him.