On a 3-1-1 vote, the Town of Jonesboro’s board of aldermen moments ago decided to defund the town’s police department, except for enough money to pay the elected chief Wesley Horton’s salary and benefits, plus minimal office and vehicle expenses.
The yearly budget for that department starting 7/1/2012 will be $95 thousand. Four years ago, the budget was about $800 thousand/year.
Voting for the motion made by LaStevic Cottonham, and seconded by Devin Flowers, was Charla Mason-Thompson. Renee Stringer voted no. Sam Lamkin abstained.
We will have additional reporting later with more details.