Hyatt to retire as Eureka Springs police chief

Friday, October 17, 2014

Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 31.

Hyatt said in a phone conversation that he plans continue working part time and take some time off to think about what he'll do next. He does have plans to do volunteer work with the Eureka Springs School District and with the police department.

Hyatt has served as the Eureka Springs police chief for 19 years.

The police chief is hired by the mayor.

Butch Berry, who is running unopposed for mayor in the November general election, is expected to make the hire.

Berry said he understands there are resumes to consider and that Assistant Chief Thomas Achord also will be under consideration.

"I'll be looking for someone who has experience as with the management of a police department and a person who has been a police chief in a tourist town," Berry said. "There will need to be someone in place by Jan. 1, 2015, even if it's on an interim basis."

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