Mountain View hires new police chief following resignation of former chief

The city of Mountain View has a new police chief after the former chief resigned. Whiterivernow.com reports former chief B.J. Day submitted his resignation to mayor Roger Gardner last week. Gardner says he did not ask for Day’s resignation, in fact the mayor says he and Day have been friends for years. The mayor says Day plans to stay in Mountain View and he remains on the fire department.

George Bethel has been hired as the new chief following a special meeting of the Mountain View City Council. Bethel was a deputy with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to that, he was an officer with the Little Rock Police Department for 37 years before retiring.

The process happened very quickly. The council accepted Day’s resignation last Tuesday night and Bethel applied Wednesday. The council, during its special meeting, waived the application process and voted to hire Bethel. Mayor Gardner says with more tourists coming into town in the coming months, he felt the city needed to act quickly to hire the new chief.

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