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Could Mendenhall be losing its police department?

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MENDENHALL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

MENDENHALL, MS (WLBT) - The city of Mendenhall could soon be without a police department.

3 On Your Side has learned the Simpson County Sheriff's Department may be taking over that city's troubled police department.

Sheriff Ken Lewis confirms the mayor has asked the Board of Supervisors to explore the costs of such a move.

It comes on the heels of a string of problems for Mendenhall P.D. over the years.

The most recent, as WLBT first reported Monday night, is the firing of Chief Bruce Barlow in an emergency meeting on Saturday.

Barlow was arrested last Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

A report from Simpson County Justice Court shows Barlow made sexually suggestive and obscene gestures toward a man and his family.

Barlow was on paid administrative leave because the department is being investigated by state and federal agents for alleged missing money and equipment.

Barlow posted bond and will go to court November 9th.

Assistant Chief Alexander "Candy" McCullum will serve as interim chief.

Sources tell WLBT the Simpson County Sheriff's Department could take over Mendenhall Police as soon as November first.

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