By a three to two vote, the Waynesboro Board of Alderman has voted to not renew the contract of Police Chief Leonard Frost. Appointed to the position three years ago, Frost had worked in law enforcement since 1988.
Ward 4 alderman, Johnny Gray, who is also the mayor pro-tem said he doesn't understand the 'no' vote.
"My opinion is I thought they should've waited a year and come back and reevaluated," said Gray.
Gray said there had been a few concerns mentioned about policing within the city, and noise from cars and stereos.
Newscenter 11 attempted to speak with Ward 1 alderman, Ben Graves, who voted to not renew the contract. He declined to comment on or off camera.
:ate Wednesday afternoon we were able to reach Ward 2 alderman Bobby Reynolds. He was the only incumbent on the board to vote against the reappointment. While on the phone with us he said that the problem was that the chief "was just not doing his job and this was not a racial issue because both black and white citizens were not being properly served."
"We don't plan on letting it go. I do realize that it's political, possibly racial, but it's not going to be forgotten," said Willis McDonald, a concerned business owner.
The board of aldermen did not immediately appoint an acting police chief. The panel is expected to do that at its next regularly scheduled meeting Sept. 1.
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