Brinkley replaces fired police chief

After more than a month without a police chief, the City of Brinkley hires a seasoned veteran in law enforcement.

Tuesday night the Brinkley City Council approved Jackie Spears as its new police chief. Spears is coming out of retirement after 32 years with Arkansas State Police to join the Brinkley department.

"I think he will be a valuable asset to our city," said Brinkley Mayor Bill Hankins. "He brings a lot of experience in law enforcement to the table."

Brinkley had been searching for a replacement after firing former police chief Michael Edwards. After almost two years as chief, Edwards was let go on August 16 amid allegations of sexual harassment of a fellow officer.

Mayor Hankins said he learned from the prior experience since he appointed Edwards as police chief.

"We took a hard look at experience in the applicants. That was a very important factor in this hire and we like his (Spears) experience with state police," Hankins continued.

Hankins told nine people applied for the job. He interviewed eight of those applicants.