EXCLUSIVE: Centerton Residents Plan to Oust the Mayor

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In an exclusive interview you’ll only see on Fox 24, people in Centerton are trying to oust the mayor. One resident says people are fed up with the lies coming from city hall and will fight to regain the integrity of the city of Centerton.

“It’s time. The citizens deserve better than what they’re getting,” says Cody Ellis, Centerton Resident.

Centerton residents are saying they’ve had enough.

“There’s currently enough residents out there that are tired of seeing Centerton in bad light, seeing every time you turn around something negative,” says Ellis.

Many people including Ellis are fighting to recall Centerton Mayor Bill Edwards.

It all started when Centerton police officers filed harassment and discrimination complaints against interim police chief Lt. Anthony Keck, and Mayor Edwards admitted to ignoring those accusations.

“He’s a good PR person but when it comes to the operations and holding people accountable for their actions in their official capacity he is not the right person,” says Ellis.

The change.org petition has no legal standing, but once enough residents are rallied they can file an official document. 

At least 35 percent of voters from the last election must sign the petition for the county clerk to sign off.

Ellis says residents will do whatever it takes.

“The mayor is good at one thing that I’ve seen so far, and that’s telling people what he wants people to know,” says Ellis.

According to Ellis, residents and employees of the city have reached out to him in support but say they are too scared to come forward.

“That’s sad that residents feel they can’t have a differing of opinion without feeling like they’re going to be targeted,” says Ellis.

At the special city council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Edwards says he believes his city has a strong police force.

“Our police department does a very good job. The last 11 months have been trying but they’ve serving the citizens well and doing a very good job for us,” says Edwards.

We reached out to Mayor Edwards Thursday afternoon and were told he is out of the office for the week. We have yet to receive an answer back.

“He’s at the helm of all of this. He is the driver for the school bus. It all starts at the top,” says Ellis.

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