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Talk Circulating Around the Future of Electra Police Chief

<span style="font-size: x-small; line-height: 1.3em;">Some rumblings are dividing the City of Electra and the police chief is at the center of the controversy.</span>

There's a lot of recent talk around Electra and it concerns long time police Chief Johnny Morris and his future on the force.

For Electra Police Chief Johnny Morris this article on the front page of the Electra Star-News sheds more light on talk that's circulated around town several weeks.

"With the rumors and accusations that been told I concluded myself that this June 25th meeting may be a meeting of the city council may be to either back myself and the police department or to remove me as police chief," Morris says.

Chief Morris, who has been chief 11 years, says he believes several city commissioners want him off the force.

We tried to meet with one of those members, Commissioner Margie Bentley Scott, but she was not at home and had no comment when we later reached her by phone.

While Scott had nothing to say a few Electra residents said plenty.

They said that Scott and Commissioner Janice Cranford have made it no secret that they are not fans of Chief Morris.

"They're going to try to replace him either with the sheriffs department or something. I'm not sure but that's the rumors that we have," says Sue Howell, an Electra resident.

"If this is what we're spreading for rumors lets put it on paper and let everybody know what you plan to do," adds Scott Lamke who also lives in Electra.

No city official will comment on who the personnel issue may involve but everyone will know on June 25th if it is in fact about Chief Johnny Morris and whether he will remain as chief.

The scheduled city commission meeting on that day will take place at the Electra Chamber of Commerce to accommodate the large crowd city officials expect will attend.

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