Although current Booneville Police Chief Al Brown is set to leave the department in a little more than two weeks, his replacement still has not been named.
However, as he said at the time of Brown’s announcement he will leave the BPD for an investigator’s role with the Logan County Sheriff’s office, Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said again last week the new chief will come from within the department.
“It’s going to be a promotion but I’m not ready to make an announcement yet,” he said. “I’m one of those people who hates to see a town need a chief of police, like Fort Smith, need a chief and go to Pine Bluff.
“These people that work for the police department start out on the street. Their dream is to get to the top, I’m sure, so you do it by promotion.”
With Brown leaving, the highest ranking member of the BPD is Rusty Lewis, who has roles of both lieutenant and criminal investigator. Lewis was already the investigator but was promoted to the second role when former Lt. Steve Reid left the department for private business.
Behind Lewis at the department is Sgt. Ben Villarreal.
Regardless who the next chief is, Wilkins said he has no plans to hire an additional officer because he is not taking a street officer off the street.