Centerton Police Chief Retires Following LOPFI Vote

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CENTERTON (KFSM) — The Centerton police chief retired Saturday (Sept. 5), according to the city’s mayor.

Centerton Police Chief Rodney Reed has retired, according to Mayor Bill Edwards.

In a unanimous vote, the Arkansas retirement system for police and firefighters, known as LOPFI, said Rodney Reed was ineligible to serve as an officer in the state after they said Reed was “double dipping” in the retirement system when he resigned from his position as police chief for the City of Bethel Heights to move to Centerton.

According to LOPFI Executive Director David Clark, Edwards had until September 10 to remove Reed as chief or the state could withhold funding from the city.

A Facebook post on Mayor Bill Edwards’ page states:

Chief Reed came to our community after serving as police chief in Bethel Heights and also serving a long and distinguished career with the Ft. Smith police department. Chief Reed has done an outstanding job with the Centerton Police Department the short time he was here. “