Lumberton aldermen to decide fate of suspended police chief

Lumberton aldermen to decide fate of suspended police chief

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The Lumberton Board of Alderman held a work session Monday ahead of Tuesday's scheduled meeting where the fate of suspended Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt will be decided.

On Tuesday's agenda is an order by the mayor to terminate Flynt and another order to accept Flynt's resignation. Aldermen could also decide to act on neither order and keep Flynt as police chief.

Lumberton Mayor Quincy Rogers said he was thinking of the people of Lumberton when he  put the order to terminate Flynt.

"I was just thinking in the public's eye, perception is everything," Rogers said. "We as councilmen, mayors, police whatever the case may be, department heads, we are held to a higher standard."

During the meeting, the mayor read item number 17, which is an order to accept the resignation of Flynt, but he does not know who added it to the agenda and was not aware the suspended chief had sent his resignation to the board.

"At 5:40 p.m. I was told that one was delivered to City Hall," Rogers said.

The mayor said he has not spoken to Flynt or the board members regarding the matter, but the board has the right to accept or deny the resignation.

Also, the mayor said he wanted to clear up what he told WDAM last week when he said the board had seen the video of Flynt allegedly smoking marijuana prior to WDAM showing them the video. Rogers said that isn't the case and that the board only saw photos, and he only saw the video our reporter Mike McDaniel showed him.

WDAM will attend the meeting Tuesday to provide updates on the story.