Paint Rock council considering dissolving municipal court system

Published: Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM CDT
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PAINT ROCK, AL (WAFF) - A small Jackson County town is considering the prospect of abolishing its municipal court system, and some feel it's a political effort to next dismantle the police department. It's happening in the town of Paint Rock.

Some feel it's political because the mayor's son was recently arrested by the police department for threatening to kill a police officer. When asked, the mayor said she didn't know what to say, and needed time to think about it.

Chief Billy Wilson confirmed the council is awaiting paperwork from the City Attorney as the council considers dissolving the Paint Rock Municipal Court.

The department was installed two years ago. Since that time a new vehicle was purchased, and in the law few months an office constructed for the chief.

The chief felt if the court system was dissolved then funding raised through tickets would then go to the county, but one council woman felt it was not political.

"No, there's been several people that have been unhappy for a long, long time about different things and I'd rather not go into that you know, but yes there has," said Paint Rock Councilwoman Wilma Counts. "Our auditor, when he did the audit, said paint rock is not big enough, you know, to afford a police department"

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