After almost 4 a long time with the Little Rock Police Division, Interim Chief Wayne Bewley introduced he’ll retire on the finish of the 12 months, in keeping with a launch from the town.
“It has been my honor to work for the Little Rock Police Division serving the residents of this nice metropolis for over 36 years,” Bewley mentioned. “I began this journey as a Police Cadet at 19 years of age, and I’m saying my retirement at present because the Interim Chief of Police.”
Mayor Frank Scott Jr. shared his appreciation for Bewley’s work.
“Chief Bewley has accepted one other job alternative, and whereas I’m upset that he’s leaving LRPD, I do know this step is the very best determination for him and his household,” Scott mentioned. “I want him effectively in his new position. Only a few will ever match Chief Bewley’s management expertise, his credibility along with his division and with the general public, and his huge institutional information.”
Bewley took over the position of interim chief about 5 months in the past after the departure of Crystal Younger-Haskins, a former assistant chief with the LRPD who stood as interim chief from Could 20-June 13 this 12 months. Younger-Haskins took on the position after the retirement of former chief Keith Humphrey. Bewley was additionally interim chief after the departure of former chief Kenton Buckner, earlier than Humphrey was employed.
In the course of the seek for a brand new police chief, Scott has frequently promised to call a brand new prime cop “quickly.” When he filed for reelection in August, he mentioned he would appoint a brand new chief earlier than the November election. The election got here and went, and the place remained vacant.
Scott introduced in a metropolis launch that Assistant Chief Heath Helton will function the subsequent interim chief beginning Saturday, Dec. 3. “The seek for a everlasting chief is ongoing, and I count on to call a brand new chief within the subsequent 30 to 60 days,” Scott mentioned.
Together with about two dozen others, Helton submitted an utility to be the everlasting police chief.
“I wish to share my because of all the women and men of the Little Rock Police Division and promise they are going to perpetually stay in my prayers,” Bewley mentioned. “I might additionally prefer to say because of Mayor Frank Scott Jr., Bruce Moore, and the Board of Administrators for the continued help they’ve proven the Little Rock Police Division and me.”
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