Starting Monday there will likely be one member of the Jonesboro Police Department — the chief.
Town officials last week approved their 2012-13 budget, set at $3.6 million, and made some significant cuts to some of the town’s services. Namely, the cuts came at the expense of the town’s police department.
The department will operate during the fiscal year on a $95,000 budget, but will likely cut nine officers, whittling the department to a force of one.
Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown is no fan of the measure.
“This is not something we support,” Brown said. “It is creating a burden and cutting into our manpower.”
Brown said the decision to cut the police department’s budget so severely had been brought up in the past, but he made no agreement with Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson.