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North Little Rock Notebook

by Stephen Simpson | March 21, 2021 at 3:25 a.m.

Hartwick stand-in

on council agenda

A former high-ranking police officer is up for appointment to perform the mayor's duties when the mayor is absent, which would establish a chain of command in case of emergency.

The North Little Rock City Council is to vote Monday on whether to appoint Chief of Staff Tracy Roulston to act in Mayor Terry Hartwick's place if Hartwick is absent or unable to perform the duties of office.

Roulston was the interim police chief after former Chief Mike Davis retired last year.

North Little Rock Police Department Capt. Patrick Thessing was named police chief in January, and Roulston became chief of staff for the city.

Roulston joined the Police Department in 1988 and has worked as a school resource officer and in special investigations. He earned the rank of captain in 2016 and was promoted to assistant chief in April 2019.

Former Mayor Joe Smith worked with Roulston for nearly three decades, which led the mayor to appoint Roulston as interim chief. Smith began working in city administration in 1989, shortly after Roulston was hired by the Police Department.

Building rezoning

sought for church

The North Little Rock City Council is to vote Monday on an ordinance to rezone property on North Hills Boulevard so a building on the property can become a church.

The North Pulaski Baptist Association, at 4500 North Hills Blvd., is seeking to rezone the area from planned unit development to an R2 zone.

If approved, the ordinance will go into immediate effect.

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