MAYPEARL — Maypearl city council member Boyd Norton officially resigned his council position before being sworn in as the Maypearl Chief of Police at Monday’s council meeting.
The city’s previous police chief, Marlin Suell, resigned in February after three months on the job, citing personal reasons. At that time, Norton expressed interest in the position and was appointed by the city council. Norton’s most recent position in law enforcement was as a Duncanville Marshal for more than two years.
Norton said restoring the integrity of the department and gaining back citizen’s trust is a high priority. His immediate plans include getting the department staffing numbers up, reviewing policies and procedures, and assess the department’s files, evidence room and police equipment.
“I want to make sure the citizens are represented in the way they should be represented by a police department,” said Norton. “I want to make sure that the citizens not only are safe, I want them to feel safe.”
Norton is a resident of Maypearl and said he wants to be accessible to the community.
“I don’t want there to be any type of a rift between us,” Norton said. “I want to make sure that if they have a concern they feel comfortable coming to me. I want the community to know who we are, and I want to know who they are.”
A special session will be held on April 18 to discuss who will replace Norton on the council.
At Monday’s meeting, the council also approved April as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in Maypearl.
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Guardians of the Children and Bikers for Christ attended the meeting in support of the proclamation.
There will be no city election this year, council members announced, but the school board election and early voting will begin April 25 at the school administration offices.
Additional agenda items that were unanimously approved included the release of surplus of analog radios and the adopting of an investment policy and strategy of the city of Maypearl.