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Pelahatchie Chief of Police announces resignation

The board discussed pursuing a collection against the mayor's bond but no vote was taken. ....Source: WLBT The board discussed pursuing a collection against the mayor's bond but no vote was taken. ....Source: WLBT
Chief Kevin Poole cited his frustration with the board as the reason for his departure. His last day as Pelahatchie's top cop will be Friday. ....Source: Pelahatchie News Chief Kevin Poole cited his frustration with the board as the reason for his departure. His last day as Pelahatchie's top cop will be Friday. ....Source: Pelahatchie News
Mayor Ryshonda Harper Beechem, just a year into her first term, could soon find herself in a legal battle. Board members allege she hired a company to build a retaining wall at a ball field downtown without seeking approval first......Source: WLBT Mayor Ryshonda Harper Beechem, just a year into her first term, could soon find herself in a legal battle. Board members allege she hired a company to build a retaining wall at a ball field downtown without seeking approval first......Source: WLBT
According to Pelahatchie's attorney, the city, or in this case the mayor, is required by law to seek multiple quotes.....Source: WLBT According to Pelahatchie's attorney, the city, or in this case the mayor, is required by law to seek multiple quotes.....Source: WLBT
The city does not have enough money in its general fund to meet payroll obligations this month, So the board voted to dip into a line of credit for the additional $9-thousand dollars needed.....Source: WLBT The city does not have enough money in its general fund to meet payroll obligations this month, So the board voted to dip into a line of credit for the additional $9-thousand dollars needed.....Source: WLBT
PELAHATCHIE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Pelahatchie is going through lots of changes.

During a special board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night, the city's chief of Police announced his resignation.

Chief Kevin Poole cited his frustration with the board as the reason for his departure. His last day as Pelahatchie's police chief will be Friday. The board voted to name Sgt. Timothy Fikes as the department's new interim chief. 
    
Meanwhile, Mayor Ryshonda Harper Beechem, just a year into her first term, could soon find herself in a legal battle. Board members allege she hired a company to build a retaining wall at a ball field downtown without seeking approval first. The total cost, $8,876.

The contractor recently notified that board that he would sue the city for the money... but the board refuses to pay, arguing the mayor failed to seek other bids that might have been less expensive. 

According to Pelahatchie's attorney, the city, or in this case the mayor, is required by law to seek multiple quotes. Because she failed to do so, the city can request that collection efforts be made against the mayor for incurring these costs.

"This is not something that the board approved of in the first place. This was the mayor alone," said Alderwoman Margie Warren.  

"If we do not pay, we spending more money," said Mayor Beechem. "We have donated funds in the account and if this is the case then I will fight for the community, any day, all day, every day.

The board discussed pursuing a collection against the mayor's bond but no vote was taken. 

Lastly, there was the issue of payroll. The city does not have enough money in its general fund to meet payroll obligations this month, So the board voted to dip into a line of credit for the additional $9-thousand dollars needed.

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