Helena-West Helena police chief resigns

James Patrick Smith

HELENA -WEST HELENA, Ark. — The police chief in Helena-West Helena has resigned from the department a little more than a year after taking the position.

Chief James Patrick Smith says he’s stepping down to start his own business, but said he’ll be around helping the city.

Smith is a 20-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department and grew up in Helena-West Helena.  He took the top job in April of 2017.

The police department has not released any information surrounding a new police chief.

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