Coun­cil al­lows in­com­ing lieu­tenant tran­si­tion pe­riod

The Weekly Vista - - News - KEITH BRYANT kbryant@nwadg.com

The Bella Vista City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously in favor of a tem­po­rary of­fi­cer po­si­tion to al­low an overlap for an in­com­ing lieu­tenant dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing Mon­day, May 14.

Po­lice chief James Graves said this will al­low a tran­si­tion pe­riod be­tween in­com­ing Lt. By­ron Sti­val and Lt. Bar­bara Shrum, who is re­tir­ing after 35 years.

Shrum cur­rently leads the crim­i­nal in­ves­tiga­tive di­vi­sion, while Sti­val is com­ing from the Ben­tonville Po­lice De­part­ment. Graves said the lieu­tenant is new to Bella Vista but has 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’d like to have a tran­si­tion pe­riod where they can work to­gether,” Graves said. “That’s a very com­pli­cated po­si­tion.”

The tran­si­tion pe­riod, he said, would go from May 21 to June 1, just un­der two weeks.

Coun­cil mem­ber Linda Lloyd ex­pressed her ap­proval.

“That sounds like a good idea,” she said.

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