High Springs Considers Restructuring Police Department, Chief Still Absent
Published March 7th, 2014
HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. -- Even though the status of the current police chief remains unknown, the city of High Springs is considering a plan that would dramatically restructure its police department.
On Thursday, city leaders discussed reorganizing the hierarchy within the department by creating the rank of lieutenant and adding a detective to the force.
The plan would cost the city about $150,000 annually, and would be partially funded by raising property taxes.
Last month, police Chief Steve Holley took an apparent 30-day leave of absence from his post -- but now that the 30 days have passed and the chief still has yet to return, many residents questioned the city's real motivation for such a change.
"I personally would like to better understand -- and I'm sure there are a lot of citizens here that would like to better understand -- what was wrong with our police department, exactly what was wrong with our police chief," said High Springs resident Ann Carter during a public workshop on Thursday night.
"I liked Chief Holley," said resident Sylvia Newcomb. "I can tell you that as far as I'm concerned, we have a fine police department," she said.
City leaders plan to hold one more workshop on their police reorganization plan on Thursday, March 20 at the High Springs City Hall.
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