Centerton community weighs in on city leadership

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CENTERTON, Ark. (KFTA) — Confusion over if Centerton’s city attorney did or didn’t resign is finally cleared up. 

The misunderstanding happened at the height of ongoing turmoil at the city’s police department.

“He’s not going nowhere,” Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards said regarding Brian Rabal.

Edwards told us Rabal verbally confirmed he would resign as Centerton city attorney earlier this month.

Now he tells us Rabal changed his mind.

“He got bombarded. I think that just kind of… he was probably overwhelmed.” Edwards said.

This all comes as Rabal looks into current discrimination complaints filed against former interim police chief Lt. Anthony Keck.

We went to Rabal’s office to clarify the situation.

He told us he is unavailable until Friday.

About 20 people we spoke with around town were not aware about complaints filed against Keck, or the year long criminal investigation into the now reinstated police chief and captain.

Wayne Johnson was the only one who knew what was happening.

He says, “I think it’s a shot in the arm that the department needed, the city needed. I think there’s new life in it. I think they started to realize they can do their jobs, and they should be able to do their jobs.”

Johnson has lived in Centerton his whole life, and says he stands behind his elected officials.

“I think the mayor needs to keep on, keeping on. I’ve seen the scrutiny, this and that. He’s an elected official. I voted for him. Good, bad, indecisive, he’s there to do a job. I think people, once again — let him do his job,” Johnson said.

The investigation into discrimination complaints against Keck is currently being reviewed by Police Chief Cody Harper.

Johnson says citizens should try to be better informed about their community. “I encourage everyone to read everything, educate yourself, and then formulate your opinion” he said.

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