Stewart County Sheriff’s Department will assume the responsibility of Lumpkin city until the police department is reestablished.
Sheriff Larry Jones says he is sending on-duty officers to cover the day shift and off-duty officers to cover the night shift. Jones says he will rotate the officers.
News 3 has confirmed, Lumpkin Police Chief John Tyler was fired around 7 o’clock Monday evening.
Tyler told News 3, the Mayor walked into his office, after executive session of the city council, and told him to turn in his “belongings and leave your keys”. Tyler says he was given no reason for the firing.=
The small town of Lumpkin has four full-time police officers, all of which according to Tyler, has resigned in response to his firing.
This comes on the heels of a Lumpkin city councilor, Darryl Wilson, who was arrested during the city council meeting on the charge of impersonating a peace officer. Wilson was a former Dawson Police officer.