Resignations reduce police leadership
Of the three officers in management positions in the Odessa Police Department, only one remains after Scott Newhouse, police chief, and Chad Cobb, a sergeant, resigned last week.
Cobb resigned the evening of August 9 and Newhouse resigned August 10 after being reinstated from administrative leave to full duty for a single day. Both resignations were effective immediately.
Overnight August 9, between the resignations, the Odessa Police Department was vandalized. At least one tire on each of the department's five patrol cars was punctured, the top drawer of the chief of police's desk was urinated in and a copy of the Odessa City Guide was found on the desk of the municipal court clerk with pictures of Adam Couch, mayor, and Newhouse cut out. The words "open position" were written next to where Newhouse's picture had been. Read more in The Odessan.
Citing concerns, Ary recommends police overhaul
PACKED HOUSE | Mary Hough, a local business owner, presents a petition to the Board of Aldermen Monday evening. Hundreds attended the meeting, where Mickey Ary, city administrator, addressed his concerns wtih the Odessa Police Department.
In front of four television cameras and a crowd of hundreds, Mickey Ary, city administrator, recommended the city rebuild its police department over a set period of time while contracting with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department to prevent a gap in police coverage.
The recommendation was made at the Board of Aldermen's regular meeting Monday, following an hour-long public comment session mostly devoted to the police department.
Ary's recommendation came after reading a report he compiled on the state of the police department, which stated that the department is "highly dysfunctional, creating multiple deficiencies within the Odessa Police department as a whole." Read more in The Odessan.
Petition presented among comments
An array of fear, anger, determination and admiration was expressed by various speakers from the public at the Odessa Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night.
Of the speakers, the greatest applause was given to Mary Hough, Wellington, owner of The Dawg House screen printing store downtown, as she presented a petition to the city she said contains 800 signatures.
Hough said she was presenting the petition under Missouri revised statue 79.135, which outlines the conditions for a city meeting specific requirements to either adopt or present to voters an ordinance included in a petition. Read more in The Odessan.