City of Centerton establishes employee recording policy

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CENTERTON, Ark. (KNWA)– The city of Centerton is talking police and city recording policies after the mayor was seen on tape laughing off complaints about the misconduct of one of his lieutenants on a recording.

At the city council meeting Tuesday, two of the most interesting discussions were the police department’s take home car policy and the employee recording policy.

The new employee recording policy was approved.

It states if you are recording a conversation between you and someone who works for Centerton police or the city, you must make them aware. 

Mayor Bill Edwards said the creation of the recording policy has nothing to do with the time he was recorded laughing off complaints about the misconduct of one of his lieutenants. 

He said it’s been introduced to protect the employees of the city.

“If people are recording us as employees, we just want to know about it. We want to know and have a mutual understanding of when it happens,” Mayor Edwards said.

Centerton Police Chief Cody Harper said, “Everything’s going to be on a case by case basis, what is the totality of the circumstances, and it’ll be dealt with within the policy. Any kind of disciplinary action up to and including termination.” 

It’s been about a month since Chief Harper was reinstated after he was placed on administrative leave for misappropriation of funds. 

He said now the department’s morale has changed, and it has established a more formal way of logging inventory. 

As far as the take home car policy goes, it’s been in place for a while and Tuesday’s meeting was just a way to clarify the fact that police vehicles can be taken home within 15 miles of the police station. 
 

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