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Bethel Springs Police Chief Reinstalled But Refuses to Work Nights

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

Bethel Springs residents have mixed feelings about Police Chief "Pee Wee" Sowell being rehired to his former position.

One resident told me he believes Sowell is a good man but he isn't needed in the City of Bethel Springs.

"My opinion, we just don't need a police department. That money should go to lower the sewer bill," said Albert Brown, a resident of Bethel Springs.

The chief was suspended back in March of this year for illegally tearing up a traffic ticket.

According to Mayor Cox, "Pee Wee" has been asked to work the night shift, but he refused.

The 7 Eyewitness News Team tried to speak with Chief Sowell but he said we should talk with his lawyer Paul Simpson. Simpson says the chief would rather work the hours he had before he was suspended.

"Police Chief gets to decide where he's gonna work more or less you know. If we're going to have a police department Pee Wee is as fine a police man as we need," said Brown.

Alderman Bobby Gray didn't want to go on camera, but he says he voted not to rehire Sowell because he wants to use the money on lowering the sewage and water bills.

"Pee Wee is a good policeman. He's been doing it as long as I can remember but I don't know where he would work at night," said Brown.

Simpson said Sowell's shift is being discussed.
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