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Supreme Court agrees Jacksonville police chief ineligible to serve

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 10:49 AM

The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision that Geoffrey Herweg was ineligible to be Jacksonville police chief because of a 2002 Texas misdemeanor conviction for failure to report an accident.

Circuit Judge Alice Gray had ruled last year that Herweg was ineligible and enjoined the city from employing him. The city appealed. The Supreme Court said the constitutional bar to service on account of past records applies to appointed as well as elective office.

Justice Jo Hart dissented.

The city currently has no police chief. Mayor Gary Fletcher designated City Attorney Robert Bamberg as "director" of the department in the interim.

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