PSD PD Officer resigns following DUI traffic stop
Van Wert Elementary’s School Resource Officer resigned at the beginning of last week following an arrest over the weekend, according to school officials.
Joy Smith, 38, of a Rockmart address, was released from the Polk County Jail on a $3,360 bond on charges of failure to maintain a lane, failure to dim headlights and for driving under the influence by Rockmart Police during the early morning hours of March 17.
Smith was arrested by the Rockmart Police Department around 3:15 a.m. following a traffic stop, according to jail records.
According to Superintendent Laurie Atkins, Smith resigned on Monday morning, March 18 after she was released from the Polk County Jail on bond and did not report for work.
Atkins had no further comment on the incident since it did not immediately involve the district, and is considered an employee-related matter.
“Van Wert Elementary students already have another officer in place to ensure that they come to a safe and inviting school environment on a daily basis,” Atkins said.