CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council voted on Monday to accept the resignation of longtime police officer Kieffer Guthrie, effective that day. District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann and …
CARBON HILL - The Carbon Hill City Council voted on Monday to accept the resignation of longtime police officer Kieffer Guthrie, effective that day.
District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann and District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers were not present to vote.
In an undated but signed resignation letter read aloud at Monday's meeting by Mayor Mark Chambers, Guthrie addressed the council and Police Chief Eric House.
Gurthrie wrote, "I'm writing to give my formal notice that I'll be leaving my role as Officer for the city of Carbon Hill on May 20, 2019. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities I've been provided working for the city of Carbon Hill for the past 14 years.
"It's been a wonderful experience to work for the city of Carbon Hill and its citizens. Thank you for all you have done. I wish you all the best, and look forward to keeping in touch."
Guthrie was not present for the meeting.
House said earlier in his council report, "We're short-handed, but we're working on it." Asked by the mayor what was needed to be fully staffed, House said he needed two part-time and one full-time employee.
"I'd like to get that if I could find officers to work," he said. "Part of the problem I have is pay with my part-times. If I could get it up by at least a $1 an hour, I think that will help. I don't want to put us in a bind, either."
However, the council did not act on pay that night. The council did act on a suggestion from the mayor for a motion to take applications for two part-time officers and a full-time officer. City Clerk Nannette Brown said there would be money to pay for the positions.
House said he had a couple of applications already. "We just need to find a good quality person," he said.
At that point, Chambers read Guthrie's resignation letter, which the council voted on. After a long pause afterward, Chambers asked for an executive session on good name and character of an employee.
After the executive session, the council then voted to hire James Anthony Jones as a part-time officer, which was already on the agenda at that point. There was no discussion. Later, Chambers said that Jones was not part of the three positions that it approved earlier, and that applications would still be taken for those positions.