Electra Turmoil: Former Chief Speaks Out

Nearly one week after being fired, former Electra Police Chief, Michael Hopkins, is speaking out.

"I wish I could tell you how it all came about," he said, "I really don't know."

Five days later, the commissioners have not given a reason for releasing him of his duties.

"I asked and the community asked and the only thing they responded with was it's what they felt was in the best interest of the community," Hopkins said.

He explained he disagrees with their reasoning because at the commissioners' meeting on September 24th several residents spoke up in his defense.  He said that showed they supported him and the direction of the police department.  Even one of the commissioners made a motion to reinstate his as chief of police.

"They said they'd listen to the people, but that doesn't seem to be the case," he said.

One thing that continues to trouble Hopkins was how there was is appeared no discussion among the commissioners during the meeting.  As he put it, there were public comments and then they went straight to the vote.  He said it almost appeared to him like they had already made up their minds before the meeting.

Another troubling factor for Hopkins, was where did things go wrong, if they did at all.

"I've had no disciplinary action of any kind in the last year and a half," he explained.

The public's support and his commitment to the community was not enough to convince the commissioners to let him keep his position.  The commissioners didn't even consider offering him a lower position.

So, now all that's left is to move on and press forward, but how Hopkins is doing it, is a whole new experience for him.

"This is the first time in my life I've never had a job to go to, so it's kind of a different feeling," he said, "Different deal not having some place to be."

Hopkins said at this point his family has not talked about filing a law suit against the city.  As he put it, he has bigger priorities in his life, such as providing for his family.

"In 23 years we've, me and my wife, we've faced adversity before and we'll face it again," he said "We'll always prevail."

Newschannel 6 has reached out to the mayor of Electra and the county commissioners to find out why they decided to fire Hopkins.  No calls have been returned.  However, a Freedom of Information Act has been filed to get answers.

Stay with Newschannel 6 as we continue to follow this developing story.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6