Representatives of the NAACP paid a visit to interim Walls Police Chief Reggie Harris on Thursday, who was appointed the position after the Board of Aldermen decided to not reappoint Gary Boisseau.
The five-member board voted Tuesday to not reappoint the 45-year-old Boisseau, who had served as police chief in the western DeSoto County town of 1,800 for the last three years.
Boisseau removed as Walls police chief
NAACP Field Investigator James Mathis said the city of Walls still has James Irby's family's car impounded. Irby disappeared during a May 4 traffic stop in Walls. Irby's family complained that Boisseau and the Walls Police Department had done little searching to find the 55-year-old.
The family has also accused the department of being involved in the man's disappearance.
Mathis hopes Interim Chief Harris will be easier to work with than Boisseau, who has been with the department since 2010.
"The family feels that Walls police are not giving them any kind of cooperation at this point," Mathis said.
Boisseau told FOX13 News he did what he could with the investigation.
"I worked with the family directly," the former Walls police chief said. "We dealt with them directly. We got death threats. I really stopped talking to the family at that point. I didn't feel the NAACP should have anything to do with it.
"I talked to Mr. Irby's mom directly and I felt that is how it should have been handled," he added.
Mayor Patti Denison offered little comment on Boisseau being let go.
"This is a personnel matter and I really can't tell you a lot of info," Mayor Denison said. "The board voted on it, and it was unanimous that this was the best direction for Walls."
Boisseau, whose last day as police chief was Wednesday, made no excuses about his policing style.
"The current mayor and the board and the sheriff didn't like how I do law enforcement," Boisseau said. "I am old school and I believe bad guys ought to be caught."
Mayor Denison said the Board of Aldermen hope to name a new police chief at its next meeting Aug. 6.
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