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Electra Turmoil Resolved?

Electra, TX - The city of Electra has a new Police Chief. It's been eight months since former Police Chief Johnny Morris was fired.

Newschannel 6 was in Electra Monday night when City Commissioners voted 3-2 to promote Deputy Chief Michael Hopkins to Chief of Police.

Chief Hopkins was chosen from two other candidates, all who had more law enforcement experience.

However, he said his six years working in Electra and six months as Deputy Chief will be enough to move the city in the right direction.

"We're moving forward. We're just going to do what police departments are supposed to do. We're going to hold ourselves to a higher standard, higher conduct," said Chief Hopkins. "We're going to do the things that need to be done and to protect our community and serve our community."

Electra City Administrator Larry Pannell told Newschannel 6 the police chief will make between $47,500 - $50,000 a year.

Among the other candidates for the job was Lieutenant Michael Dozier of the Electra Police Department.

He has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and will now move up in ranks and serve as the department's Deputy Chief.

At Monday's meeting Electra City Commissioners also voted to accept a recall of Margie Bently Scott, City Commissioner Place 2.

It has been suggested that residents wanted her recalled, because she was one of several who requested former Police Chief Johnny Morris to be dismissed.

In May, residents in Electra voted to incorporate the ability to recall any city official election in its city charter.

The recall of Margie Bently Scott was accepted, by law, but it was not submitted and accepted early enough to be put on the November, 2014 ballot. The next opportunity to place it on a ballot would be in May when her term expires.

Commissioner Scott said she has no plans on resigning.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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