Attorney: Jacksboro Police Department chief, multiple officers quit

It remains unclear what caused the resignations.
It remains unclear what caused the resignations.
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 2:09 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:57 PM EDT
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JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) - Jacksboro Police Department’s chief and two officers turned in their guns and badges Monday, according to Town Attorney Steve Hurst.

City Hall officials originally told WVLT News that Jacksboro “did not have a police department,” but the sudden resignation of Police Chief Jeremy Goins and two others left the department with one officer, Franklin Ayers, who was promoted to acting assistant chief.

In addition, former LaFollette Police Department officer Daniel Smith was appointed as JPD’s acting chief, Hurst told WVLT News.

A representative from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office told WVLT News that a meeting was organized between Sheriff Wayne Barton and Mayor Shayne Green Monday evening to discuss more patrols in the area.

WVLT News partner LaFollette Press reported that CCSO offered to cover evening hours for a short period of time. LPD also agreed to assist as needed, the report stated.

“We will be moving immediately to replenish the police force and get it back in order and move forward,” Hurst told the LaFollette Press.

Jacksboro Alderman Brian Osborne also resigned in relation to the police department situation, according to the report.

It remains unclear what caused the resignations.