After more than an hour in executive session, the Glen Rose City Council voted 4-0 to place Glen Rose Police Chief Weldon Mitchell on probation for three months.
ďIíve personally received several complaints and Iím the one that called the session,Ē said Councilman Chris Bryant in a follow-up interview.
He said there has been about four to six complaints lodged against Mitchell. Although he would not comment on the type of complaints received, he said the number of complaints was the main concern. Bryant said some of the complaints did not have much supporting evidence.
He also said constituents are welcome to talk to him about any concerns they have, but he is limited about what he can do unless they file a formal complaint with the city.
City Superintendent Ronald Bruce said the complaints are not stemming from a specific incident, but rather a build up of complaints over the last two or three years.
Bruce said these types of complaints are not unusual in law enforcement and Mitchell is not in any trouble. The probationary period will give the city time to investigate the complaints and to look into other complaints if any are filed.
The Reporter filed an open records request with the city seeking more information about the complaints, but city officials responded by stating that no formal complaints had been filed. The complaints received have all been verbal.
After the executive session, Bryant made a motion to place Mitchell on probation, which passed unanimously. Councilman Ricky Villa was not present at the meeting.
Mitchell, who was named police chief in 2004, will be paid while he is on probation.
City Attorney Andy Lucas was not available for comment at press time.
A call to Mitchellís residence seeking comment was not returned.