Colbert Council has hired a new police chief to replace the chief who was fired last month following constant turmoil.
Outgoing Mayor Randall Gorman said Randy White is the town's new police chief. He was hired on a 90-day probationary period.
Last month, the council voted 3-2 to fire Chief John Polston for the second time following several months of controversy involving the police department. Allegations against Polston included conducting illegal investigations against council members, reassigning officers based on the number of tickets written and conducting personal business on city time. Also, officials said pornography had been viewed on Polston's computer.
Polston has denied all of the allegations.
In other action, Love's is spending approximately $6 million to build a travel stop in Colbert, according to Gorman, who said the company is loaning the town the money to put in sewer and water service. The travel stop will include two fast-food restaurants and may open later this year, according to Gorman.
The concrete slab was recently poured at the new senior citizens center. Gorman expects the building to be put up next week and citizens are being asked to donate to the 4,000 square-foot facility.
Gorman did not seek reelection and Tuesday was his last meeting.
New council members Robert Bell and Diane Jackson will be sworn in sometime before noon on Monday. The results of the election between Michelle Weger and Malcolm Gage are being challenged. Weger, who had been appointed to the council when Wyota Hannan resigned, beat Gage 103-91.
Gage filed papers challenging that election, alleging there were people who live outside Colbert city limits who voted. A hearing on that case is set today.