Three deputies to protect a town: Police Chief fights to keep his department
POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:04am
HOMER, LA (KMSS) — 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.
The town of Homer has a population of 3,174 as of the 2011 census. Along with Mills, there are 10 full time police officers and one secretary working in the 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. Mills believes three deputies just isn't enough, so he's fighting back.
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.
KMSS tried to contact the City Attorney several times, but received no response.