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Columbia Police Chief says he will not resign

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM)-The man who many credit with cleaning up the Columbia Police Department is now being asked to resign.  Columbia Police Chief, Jim Kinslow was on his way home Tuesday when he received a phone call from Mayor Reed Houston saying that the Board of Alderman had voted 3-1 to ask for his resignation.  When he asked for a reason for their sudden decision, he came up blank.  "I decided that I have no intentions of resigning until I've been given a reason, and I know no reason or anything right now," said Kinslow. It could be considered a slap in the face for the man who came out of retirement to clean up Columbia's police department. 

 His record speaks for itself.  Crime has dropped by 47% since Kinslow took over.  Even the mayor is confused about what allegations would prompt such a move by the board.   "He has done a good job with our police department.  He has moved it forward.  I think we're a better police department than what we were," commented Mayor Reed Houston.

With so much doubt surrounding the request, many are wondering what the alderman are thinking;  particularly Alderman Wendell Hammond, who brought up the motion to ask for Kinslow's resignation.  Kinslow said, "I have no idea of the accusations.  There's no way I can defend myself.  Even the constitution says we have a right to confront our accusers."  Along with Hammond, Alderman Cheryl Bourne and Renee Galloway also voted in favor of Kinslow's resignation.  The board's next will be Monday, April 6th, and is open to the public. 

*Seven on your side attempted to reach Alderman Wendell Hammond to comment on his motion, but our calls were unreturned. 


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