Ardmore city manager speaks out on ongoing police controversy

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ARDMORE, OK -- Ardmore officials updated residents on some ongoing projects, at a community forum today, but they also spoke out for the first time on the ongoing controversy with the police department.

The final of three city community forums this week, hosted by city officials, was today. Mayor, Sheryl Ellis, presented current and future city projects and afterwards citizens were invited to meet one-on-one with city commissioners, city manager, and other city officials.

About 175 people showed up to the forum Thursday afternoon at the Ardmore Convention Center.

One of the hot topics is the resignation of former Ardmore Police Chief Keith Mann this past week and the ongoing administrative review of Captain Eric Hamblin.

Ardmore City Manager JD Spohn said, he is thankful for citizens' understanding during this time.

"People were very encouraging and respectful of our situation and let me know that they understood that it's a confidential personnel issue and we're certainly trying to work through it as fast as possible." said Spohn.

Spohn also said he hopes to have more information available for the public within the next couple of days.

Residents also heard from city officials about their plans to control mosquitoes that might be carrying West Nile Virus and mayor, Sheryl Ellis, also talked about a proposed dog park for the city.

Ardmore Fire Captain, Chad Mansfield, said he was glad to see so many residents come share their input for the city.

Cpt. Mansfield said, "The outcome was good. It was a lot of people here. So there's obviously concern for the city so very good turn out."

Mike Thompson, a lifelong resident, says he hopes forums like this will be held more often.

According to Thompson, "I think it's a wonderful idea and I hope they continue it on into the future".

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