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Pine Bluff Assistant Police Chief reinstated

Assistant Pine Bluff Police Chief Ivan Whitfield gets his job back. For several weeks, he has disagreed with boss, Chief Brenda Davis-Jones.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Assistant Pine Bluff Police Chief Ivan Whitfield gets his job back. For several weeks, he has disagreed with boss, Chief Brenda Davis-Jones.

Davis-Jones fired the veteran of 29 years Friday, saying his service weapon was found at a crime scene.

But Whitfield maintains the Chief dismissed him in retaliation because he would not tell her information concerning a confidential informant.

Regardless, tonight the city council reversed the Chief’s decision.

“I am just proud to be back at the place where I worked 29 years. I will now go and talk to my attorney and talk to the chief to see what is in the best interests of the people of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County,” said Whitfield.

Mayor Carl Redus did not like the council’s decision, saying there is an appeals process in place.

“I’m sure litigation will be following this particular matter. I’m concerned from the point
of view that we have other things to be worried about. But in order to get things straight and to get a clear understanding of it, sometimes it is best to be handled through the courts,” said Redus.

Whitfield’s service weapon is now part of a criminal investigation. Results have not been released.
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