Cross Plains Police Chief Resigns After 9 Years Of Service


Cross Plains Police Chief Resigns After 9 Years Of Service

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – According to Cross Plains City Manager Chip Hellmann, the city’s Police Chief James Yates has submitted his resignation.

According to Hellmann, Yates submitted his resignation last night in a face to face meeting. “He’s going to pursue some other things that we did discuss and we wish him the best of luck and we thank him for his service here in Cross Plains. He’s a good guy and deserves to pursue what’s best for him.

In the meantime, we have contingency plans built in, so the city is adequately covered. According to Hellmann, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office will step in until a replacement for Yates can be found.

As Cross Plains begins the search for a new Police Chief to replace Yates, anyone interested in applying is welcome to do so, Hellmann said. According to Hellmann, anyone that would like to apply for the position is welcome to send their resume to Cross Plains City Hall at 7622 TN-25, Cross Plains, TN 37049 MAP

Yates told Smokey Barn News that he’s sorry to be leaving his position as chief but it was just time to go. As far as the future for Yates, he didn’t want to offer specifics, other than he’s looking at opportunities outside of police work.

Yates started his career in Cross Plains as an officer in 2009 and in 2013 was promoted to Chief.

Mayor Barry Faulkner commented on his appointment as Chief back in 2013: “Officer Yates has served the City as an Officer since 2009. He has successfully acted as our interim Chief for the past 6 months and has done a very nice job in this new role. We have many wonderful things happening here in Cross Plains. We believe that Chief Yates fits perfectly into our future plans.”

Yates earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethel University in 2012. In addition, he has successfully participated in over 80 continuing education classes and training seminars. He is a resident of Robertson County and is known to many in the community.

When asked about his new appointment back in 2013, Chief Yates said, “I was raised in this community and it has always been my goal to serve in this capacity. I am honored that when City Manager, Chip Hellmann completed his analysis he felt that I was capable of handling the responsibilities of this position. I look forward to continuing to serve and protect the citizens of Cross Plains and eastern Robertson County.”

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