BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mayor George McKee is expected to announce Detective Brandon Martin as Mena’s next Chief of Police, but will not, until after current Chief Jimmy Doster’s official retirement reception on Wednesday. McKee said his plans are to make the official announcement Wednesday afternoon during a ‘swearing-in’ ceremony.
Martin has been in law enforcement for more than 16 years and has multiple hours of training and certifications. He became Detective for Mena Police Department on January 1, 2012 and was also named as Officer of the Year in 2011, by his fellow officers at the department.
Doster has been in law enforcement for decades and is thankful that he could leave the department on a high note. “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.”