For the fifth time in less than four years, the Healdton Police Department is searching for a new police chief.
Jarod Barnes was terminated from the position Tuesday in the midst of an investigation by the district attorney’s office.
“I assigned my investigator, Marc Sanders, to conduct an investigation, and I believe he has completed it or is near completing his reports,” Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said Wednesday. “I’m in trial right now, but as soon as it is finished, I will review the report and make my decision.”
Ladd said the allegations involve inappropriate use of a gun. He also said the allegations came to his attention earlier this week, and he believed they occurred last week.
Acting co-city manager Brian Scribner said Barnes was fired for the “good of the service,” and termed the situation a personnel issue. Scribner confirmed there were some allegations made against Barnes by a city employee who had contacted the district attorney’s office.
“The incident took place at the police department, from what I have heard,” Scribner said. “I heard about it a couple of days ago, and terminated him yesterday.”
Barnes had been suspended from duty in March after Megan Shae Barnes, who was his wife at the time, filed a restraining order against him. The protective order was dismissed in district court, and Barnes was restored to duty.
Scribner said Scott Alexander is heading the department in a supervisory role, and an interim chief has not been named. The department currently consists of two full-time officers and one part-time officer.