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Little River-Academy looking for police chief yet again

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LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY - The small town of Little River-Academy is without a police force for the third time since June. After the shooting death of Chief Lee Dixon in June, the city has been able to find qualified people to fill the position, but officials haven't been able to get them to stay. 

Initially, reserve officer Michael Lugo was selected to take Dixon's place. He resigned after citing personal conflicts of interest with the mayor. He also said he could not handle the load of being chief and going to school.

The most recent interim chief, Luis R. Cortez, would not talk to News Channel 25 before his letter of resignation was obtained. A request for that letter has been sent and we hope to get it in the next few days. 

According to Little River-Academy mayor Ronnie White, Cortez left because he was planning on selling his small gravel hauling business, but was not able to sell. This was not confirmed by Cortez.

White added they are looking, but there's "no hurry" in the search. They want the right person for the job.

"We're looking," White said. "We want a plain old, common sense, country guy to be the policeman."

After two other candidates for the job left during their trial periods, the city's mayor is once again turning to the Bell County Sheriff's Office for help. Deputies routinely help the small town's limited force by taking calls.

Now they are the sole law enforcement agency covering Little River-Academy, which could mean pulling deputies away from other parts of the county that may need their help. 

"We'll go ahead like we've done before and continue to take calls for the city...and help the system anyway we can," said Sgt. Mike Perez from the sheriff's office. 

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