Ozark mayor names interim police chief; details what led to Walker firing

Published: Jul. 20, 2021 at 9:56 PM CDT
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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) - Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship gave more details of what led to the firing of Ozark’s police chief and an OPD captain at a Wednesday news conference.

Mayor Mark Blankenship also named retired State Trooper Charles Ward as interim police chief.

Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker and Police Captain Tim Hicks were both terminated at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

Walker had been police chief for the last five and a half years.

The city council voted to go into executive session about nine minutes into their meeting to discuss the good name and character of an individual. After coming out of the session the two were terminated.

WTVY reached out to Mayor Mark Blankenship following the meeting. He confirmed the dismissal and said that he would make a statement about the decision at some point in the future.

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