MASON — Mason Police Chief Jimmy Reynolds has been asked by council members to resign from his position, following an emergency council meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Donna Dennis said the request came as a result of Reynold’s conduct while on duty at the Dec. 1 council meeting. Reynolds and part-time patrolman Dave Hardwick entered into a heated discussion that led to Hardwick’s verbal resignation.
The mayor said council members deliberated over 90 minutes before unanimously agreeing to request Reynolds to resign.
“It was not an easy decision and one not taken lightly,” she said. “We weighed the pros and cons.”
Mayor Dennis said both the prosecuting attorney and town attorney were consulted prior to the emergency meeting.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Dennis said she had not received a resignation from Reynolds. Upon contacting Reynolds, however, he said he had resigned. The former chief said he wished to make no further statement.
A special meeting has been set for Monday at 1 p.m., where the mayor said a replacement will be discussed. The meeting had originally been set as an employee meeting, but was changed to a special council meeting due to the circumstances.
Attending the emergency meeting were Mayor Dennis, Recorder Ciji Casto, and council members Becky Pearson, Emily Henry, Sharon Kearns and Bob Wing.
The next regular council meeting will be Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.