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JPD Chief Horton Retires Amid Botched 911 Call Scandal

Lindsey Horton, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, stressed professionalism in his one year on the job and expressed his gratitude to the Yarber administration.

Lindsey Horton, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, stressed professionalism in his one year on the job and expressed his gratitude to the Yarber administration. Photo by Trip Burns.

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When Tony Yarber (center) took over as mayor in April after a special election to replace Lumumba, there was wide speculation whether he would replace Horton.

Lindsey Horton, one of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's first and most popular appointments last year, is stepping down from his post as Jackson's police chief, effective immediately.

Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance—the No. 2 in command for Horton and his predecessor, Chief Rebecca Coleman—will be interim chief, Mayor Tony Yarber announced this morning.

"Chief Horton's career of public service should be commended. We're grateful for his assistance during our administration's transition and wish him the best," Yarber said in a news release. "We could not have transitioned so smoothly without him."

Horton, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, stressed professionalism in his one year on the job and expressed his gratitude to the Yarber administration.

"I've enjoyed three decades of law enforcement. I'm looking forward to the next phase of my career," Horton said in the release.

When Yarber took over as mayor in April after a special election to replace Lumumba, there was wide speculation whether he would replace Horton. In the ensuing months, Yarber restructured his office by installing former Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler as deputy chief administrative officer for quality of life, working closely with the police department.

JPD has come into scrutiny in recent weeks, most notably after the July 15 murder of 67-year-old Helen Harrion on Kingsroad Avenue in west Jackson. Police had gone to her home after she reported a prowler, but did not find her there. Family members later found her dead outside. City officials have questioned whether JPD's officers, who responded to Harrion's call, failed to follow department investigative procedures.

Yarber called her death "an unspeakable tragedy" and ordered a thorough investigation to find her killer, as well as to review how police respond to 911 calls. Since taking the reins as mayor, Yarber has made cracking down on crime a top priority.

"We cannot allow such crimes to go unpunished. We will do all we can to prevent them," Yarber said.

The city is advertising for the position of police chief on the city's website.

Comments

JLucas 3 years, 3 months ago

Horton was working on borrowed time anyways. His candid comments last week about the so-called investigation by his officers of Ms. Harrion’s 911 call were the convenient final nail in his coffin. I'll bet the Mayor’s office had a resignation letter typed up and emailed to his office for his signature within 48 hours of the press conference.

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Turtleread 3 years, 2 months ago

You lose your bet. Pay the house.

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Turtleread 3 years, 2 months ago

It is most unfortunate that whenever a new mayor comes in, a new police chief is appointed. I think it is time to bring in some city management experts who specialize in police departments and have them shadow the operations for 3 or 6 months, then write a report for the mayor to see what changes will have to be made with the new police chief because lapses at the dispatcher and patrol officer levels are painfully apparent.

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