Burk Residents Pleased Over City Action

People in Burkburnett said they are happy to see action being taken by city leaders. City Commissioners are meeting in executive session at a special called meeting Thursday to discuss Police Chief Mike Tracey.

Recent issues involving the Burkburnett Police Department had residents calling for some sort of action. Two former officers have been charged with crimes they committed while in uniform. The city and the PD are also facing a lawsuit over alleged police brutality and the filing of false charges.

But, the fact that commissioners are even discussing the issue has many people in town more confident in city government.

"They really should be applauded," said resident Lee Harvey. Brenda Newell said "I'm so happy they're checking into it."

Commissioners said they just want to make sure they have all the information they need regarding the police department and Chief Tracey. Commissioner Chase Thornton said, when the city finds a permanent city manager, he wants that person to have the tools needed to move forward with city business.

All commissioners Newschannel 6 talked to stressed this is just the first step in what could be a long process. And, many people in town said they will stand behind Chief Tracey if it's found he did nothing wrong.

The City Commissioners' meeting will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. It is being held at City hall in Burkburnett.

Tim Barnosky, Newschannel 6.