JOSEPHINE — The city of Josephine is without a permanent police chief as Ash Harmon tendered his resignation effective immediately to the City Council at the Jan. 10 meeting.

Harmon did not tell the council why he was resigning. Harmon began working for the Josephine Police Department in 2004, when the department was created and was promoted to chief of police in 2005.

Lt. Kevin Mayberry was promoted to interim chief of police. The department includes Mayberry and two part-time officers and some reserve officers.

The council met in a special meeting Monday night to further discuss the issue and other matters.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of a new police vehicle for an annual payment of $6,500 for the next three years.

A final payment of $20,587 from Hayter Engineering, Inc. to Phoenix Fabricators was approved for completion of the new water tower.

The council also approved extending the Yeatts Street sewer line to allow 515 Yeatts to be connected to the main line.

In other news, the council:

• Approved an ordinance to allow the city to issue fines to not exceed $2,000 for a violation of a rule, ordinance or police regulation that governs fire safety, zoning, or public health and sanitation, and dumping of refuse;

• Approved a variance of the sign ordinance to allow an oversized sign for Cotton Belt East to be placed on land zoned commercial that is located across from the development;

• Tabled action regarding a proposal from Greg Cooper to provide serves on city vehicles and tire repairs.

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