West Police Investigation

Dothan’s new city manager has only been on the job for about a week, but is already spearheading an effort to resolve an investigation into the city police department.

The Dothan Personnel Board's investigation into the police department has lasted for months. There have been legal hearings and appeals.

That is until Mike West's first city commission meeting last week, when Mayor Chester Sowell and the commission publicly asked him to find a solution to this issue.

West tells News 4 there is a difference; he doesn't want to simply cut off the investigation.

This investigation all started of course with allegations that Police Chief John White forced a former captain to resign.

That man, Jim Smith, recently asked the Personnel Board to re-instate him into that same captain's position.

Chief White plans to retire this Christmas.