Bobby Woods' resignation from the Ash Flat Police Department was announced at the July 21 meeting of the Ash Flat City Council.
Woods reported in his letter of resignation that he has accepted a position as the deputy sherriff with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department due to the new position offering, "a raise in pay and benefits."
According to the Ash Flat Police Department monthly report prepared by Police Chief Mike Zeiger, Woods stated a $2,000 raise and a "take home car," are his reasons for accepting the position over his current one.
Woods began his new position as Sharp County Deputy Sheriff as of July 21 and said that he enjoyed his time at the Ash Flat Police Department.
"We're going to miss Bobby. He was a good officer," Ash Flat Mayor Danny Traw said.
Zeiger advised the council to begin accepting applications as soon as possible for the second and third police officer positions left vacant by Woods and Amy Wiles. In response to the loss of personnel, the Ash Flat City Council will be accepting applications to fill the position and said they will put advantage towards applicants who are certified officers and who live in town.
After an executive session of almost 30 minutes allegedly discussing employee salaries, the council reconvened and made two decisions before adjournment.
The council voted that the police vehicle used by Zeiger will not be allowed to be driven home as Zeiger had requested at the June City Council meeting and will have to remain at the station. One member of the city council said the decision was made based on the shortage of gas funds, despite the police department's offer to use donation funds to curb the fuel costs.
"We just don't know how high the prices are going to go," the council member said.
The council also announced that there is a new council member. Annette Wolverton will be replacing Beth McEntire and was sworn in July 29.