BY MELANIE BUCK –
After being in law enforcement for decades, Mena Police Chief Jimmy Doster, is ready to retire, again. Chief Doster will make his retirement official on December 31, 2014.
Doster came to Mena more than seven years ago to lead the Mena Police Department as their Chief. Mayor George McKee said, “He’s done a great job, I really respect him.” Mena PD wasn’t the first department for him to head up. Before coming to Polk County, Doster was the Chief in Waldron for more than nine years and then, in Farmington, Arkansas, for several years. He retired from Farmington, however, after about six months, he decided to give Mena a try.
“Law enforcement has been good to me, a good career. I’m just thankful I could end it here in Mena. Great community, great people, and a great department.” He added, “I’d like to thank the citizens for allowing me to be a part of their community. Hopefully we’ve made some good changes to the department to make it better for the citizens.”
Mayor McKee said he expects it will probably be after the first of the year before a new chief is sought after and, “I have some great ideas, I just don’t want to release them until Doster is officially retired.”