Barry Reviewing Recent Appointments, Promotions

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

New Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry says she's reviewing some of John Robert Smith's appointments in his closing days in office, and might be making some changes.

That involves police department positions, including Assistant Chief Jeff Lewis and commander of operations, Capt. Dean Harper.

Barry says she hasn't made a decision yet, but she says it has everything to do with when they were promoted.

If the promotions are rescinded, the men will have the option to return to their former positions without testing. But if they want to reapply for their current positions, they would have to take the civil service test again.

"These gentleman and board appointments may be the very best for the job, but we are going to look at that," Barry said.

Along with these positions, Barry says she is also in the process of reviewing department heads. However, there is no time-line as for when we could hear news about potential leadership changes.


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