Frost Out as Waynesboro Chief

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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  • by Anonymous Location: Waynesboro Ms on Aug 11, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    I think that this is very well a racist isssue. One thing that I think need to be done is the cheif should no why he was fired. If it was somebody white they would know why they were let go or never would have gotten fired no matter if they wasnt doing there job. I bet anybody bottom dollar the next police cheif will most definately be white not black. This is a shame how crooked folks is. Im not from Waynesboro but I currently live near Waynesboro and I think that the cheif should never have been fired. These white folks can do whatever they want to but when it come down to blacks doing something its always wrong. These whites can sit out in the parking lot of save a lot food store and walmart or wherever and play their loud music but let it be blacks they would be harrassed and taking to jail. I just want to let you white people know slavery days are over and whatever yall can do us blacks can to and Im not racist. Not all blacks people boom dope whites do it to but they get away wit.
  • by Anonymous Location: waynesboro on Aug 7, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    I live in Waynesboro, and in my opinion a new direction is very much needed in our PD. Frost is a good man, however sometimes being a good man doesnt mean your good at what you do. He also isnt the only police chief being let go around the state. I'll also be willing to bet Frost knows why he was let go. I've been living in waynesboro for 28 years and for the last year I started sleeping with my gun on my night stand just so i can feel a little somewhat safe.
  • by Anonymous Location: wayne co. on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:28 PM
    Personally I think Chief Frost is a good man, and he can't be everywhere all the time. People complain about all he hasn't done what about the things he has done. People complain about the loud music, and the drug dealers, well people wouldn't have that problem if they were more concerned about their children. Now everyone is quick to poit the finger to Chief Frost when really they weren't doing anything themselves. "You will reep wat you sew," and to all of those who are in the wrong God would hurt you much worse than any other thing in this world. He had a year left to retire, with the economy in this condition someone with a heart, and most of all some respect would have let him served his last year and retire like a normal human being; he does have a family to support. They voted Mr. Staten out, and look what Robert Dean is doing. Now Chief Frost, when will you people ever learn... But God has a greater plan for you Mr. Frost, and it's bigger than that police force. God Bless!
  • by Clara Location: Waynesboro on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I'm fully aware that MS is an "at-will" state, but that still doesn't justify the reason for the Chief's dismissal. I agree u don't have to give a reason for terminating an employee but the Mayor & aldermen that voted to get rid of the Chief could've left some comment other than Mr. Reynolds stating that the chief wasn't doing his job. As public officials( the Mayor & Aldermen) are entitled to inform, we, the voters to know the real reason he was terminated. If you were let go from a job wouldn't u want to know what u did that led your employer to come to their decision, so that u would at least know what u did wrong & not make the same mistake(s) again? Why is the Chief being targeted? What about the other police officers? There are some that are in question, so what are we going to do about them? Now that they have gotten rid of the Chief, we should focus on our Mayor bc he's of questionable character. Ur right MS is an "at-will" state so let's start evaluating our Mayor & others.
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    THANK YOU ANONYMOUS,IT'S TIME MORE BLACK PEOPLE STARTED STANDING UP FOR THE TRUTH.AND STOP CRYING ALL THE TIME.HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE BOY WHO CRYED WOLF? THERE ARE LOT'S OF HARD WORKING BLACK PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY.I KNOW THIS BECAUSE I HAVE WORKED WITH YOU.BUT WHY MOST OF YOU STAND BEHIND ALL THESE THAT WILL NOT WORK I CAN'T UNDERSTAND.I DON'T KNOW THIS MAN,BUT I DO KNOW NOT EVERY ONE BLACK OR WHITE OR RACIST.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Actually, the city can fire the chief for any reason or no reason. Mississippi is an "at-will" state which means any employee or employer can terminate employment for any reason or no reason at all. I was in Waynesboro not long ago and I felt very unsafe there. Not once did I see a single police officer the entire time I was in town (several hours). If the job is not being done then it's time to make a change. Often that change starts at the top. And those of you playing the race card need to make sure you have all the facts. Often a personnel matter involves more than is released to the public. In most cases playing the race card is a cop-out (no pun intended, given who we're talking about). I may be proven wrong but as it stands right now I'm sure this situation will be no exception.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:36 AM
    After living in Waynesboro a few years ago, I would have to say I'm very disappointed to see the state of the city now. Drug dealers openly selling drugs on various corners. The drug dealers also ride around with their music so loud it rattles the windows in everyone's house day and night. The police don't patrol the neighborhoods like they use to. It uses to be a very safe town to live in but, now the the increase in burglaries, robberies, shootings, drugs and prostitution things have definitely changed for the worst. I am black and I do not think this racially motivated.
  • by concern Location: waynesboro on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    WELL LET'S THINK FOR MOMENT,ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END BUT REMEMBER THOSE THAT WAIT SHALL BE RESTORED.LET'S WAIT UPON THA LORD HE'S THA JUDGE AND LAWYER.IF FROST IS WRONG OR THA MAYOR ALDERMANS THEY WILL RECIEVE WHAT COMING GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THA REST....
  • by What the heck Location: Waynesboro on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:10 PM
    Why did Waynesboro get rid of the chief? I haven't heard anything but good things about him. I seriously think there is racism abound in Waynesboro. Chief Frost was our first black police chief and that made me feel that finally things were even, so far as the character of the person instead of the color of their skin. Does anyone think that the next chief will be any better? Race & politics played a lot in this saga. Our Mayor is somone that needs to be looked at and scrutinized. He thinks he is above the law and he has others telling him what to do and think, because it's obvious he can't think on his own. I just want to know one thing: WHY did they get rid of the chief? We all want an explanation not just some spin. Whoever else agrees, please express yourself now!!!!
  • by Outraged Citizen Location: Waynesboro on Aug 5, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    They(the ones that voted against the renewal) can't seem to come up with a valid reason for their decision. If they were so adamant about their decision, then why couldn't they just state their reason or justify why they voted the way they did. I, as a citizen, deserve an answer or a better explanation on why they decided to get rid of the chief, but it seems that THEY didn't even know why they voted to do this. Maybe it's political or maybe it's for racial issues. Who knows only they know. The black Alderman didn't vote, so what does that say? Knowing how our mayor thinks and acts, he will probably replace the chief with another black chief if there's too much heat on him, but you can guarantee that the one he choose will be someone that he can pull the strings on since he's a puppet master and the chief broke the strings and would not "dance" for the mayor. The mayor doesn't have the power to tell the chief what to do, contrary to popular conception and beliefs & can also be rid of.
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