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Reasons for Columbia Chief's firing still cloudy, but new information comes to light


A tight-lipped situation has more than a few politicians running.  Seven on your Side has obtained new information that sheds some light onto the Columbia Board of Alderman's 3-2 vote Monday night to terminate Police Chief, Jim Kinslow. However, Seven on Your Side has obtained some new information that may shed some light onto the situation.    

"I may not make the most popular decision, but I will make the right one.  I'm not a politician.  I'm a public servant, and I was placed here to be a public servant," said Kinslow.  It's that attitude that might have led to his termination.  It was Ward 1 Alderman, Wendell Hammond, who made the motion to terminate Kinslow.  Records show that Hammond's son does indeed have not one, not two, but seven warrants out for his arrest.  Exact reasons for his firing are still under wraps, but could that be what prompted the termination of a man who many credit with cleaning up Columbia?
"That is a possibility," said Kinslow. 

In a sit down with Mayor Reed Houston when asked if he knew anything about the warrants he said he hadn't even heard about them.  "Actually I talked about it with the Mayor and Alderman Hammond in the Mayor's Office," responded Kinslow.  It's that sort of contradiction that could open the floodgates for trouble for Columbia's mayor and board.  Kinslow's next move could be to sue the board personally.  As it states in Mississippi code, no member of the board shall give orders to any municipality subordinate. 

*Seven on your Side attempted to contact Alderman Wendell Hammond to comment, but our calls were unanswered. 

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