Bell wrote two letters, one to Kingston Mayor Wanda Penson and another addressed to city council members. The letter to Penson acted as his resignation letter and listed Aug. 31 as the day his employment terminates.
In his letter to council members, Bell expressed his thanks for being chosen as the city’s chief. He was sworn into the position Monday, April 8, 2013, during a city council meeting.
“It has been a pleasure working with each of you elected to serve on the City Council and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the residents of Kingston for the past 16 months,” Bell’s letter reads. “I will miss interacting with the citizens, as I have become well acquainted with so many. However, I feel it is in my best interest to pursue another opportunity at this time.”
The Kingston City Council held a called work session Thursday night and toward the end of the meeting moved into an executive session to discuss how to find a new police chief. Penson said the city would be working with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office until a replacement is found.
“We’re going to try to work through the county and see if they’ll help us out. I tried to call the sheriff and he did not answer and he did not call me back. But our attorney said that he does know the situation and they are going to help us,” Penson said after the meeting. “But we’re going to try to get somebody for sure ... that we know will be here at a certain time.”
Speaking for the rest of the council members, Mike Abernathy thanked Bell for his service in the Kingston Police Department.
“He’s done us a good job, so all we can say is positive for him. Thank you for coming and doing the work for us,” he said.