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Council votes out Kosse PD Chief Mark Morris

After a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” in Police Chief Mark Morris by Kosse City Council, he has been relieved of duties as chief and the recently promoted Sgt. Brett New was appointed interim chief.

“The City Council felt that the police department needed a change in direction, and decided that a change in leadership was necessary,” Mayor Brooks Valls said after the special meeting June 15.

Morris opted to speak to the council in open session regarding a grievance against him that had been discussed at length in executive session at the regular council meeting June 9, which the council confirmed mostly pertained to a situation that occurred May 5, just outside Kosse city limits at Austin McCarver's house.

According to an exposure report by former mayor Jarrod Eno, who traveled to the scene as a paramedic at the request of responding officer Robert Koch, the subject (McCarver, as identified by Morris) was reportedly “extremely intoxicated” upon their arrival, and displayed behavior that was aggressive, uncooperative and violent. McCarver threw several punches that did not land, kicked Eno in the right thigh, and struck Koch on the left side of the head before he was detained and led to an ambulance Koch had requested for transportation to Limestone Medical Center, at which point Morris arrived on the scene. 

Kosse Sesquicentennial Homecoming announced

The 93rd Annual Kosse Homecoming Weekend will take place June 11-12, 2021. This is Kosse’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years of Kosse history. The events support various non-profit organizations such as the highly-rated Kosse Volunteer Fire Department, historic preservation by the Kosse Heritage Society, and the Kosse Community Center along with community improvements and scholarships for local students.

Kosse Spring Festival this weekend

The Kosse Community Center is hosting the Kosse Spring Festival on April 17, 2021! Starting at 9:00 a.m. will be a day full of fun with a cakewalk, fun bingo, a dunking booth, vendor booths, and a kid’s talent show to crown Miss and Mr. Kosse, food, and games. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we’ll host an open “cruise-in” Car Show open to vehicles of all ages and sizes. If you want to set up a booth or enter the talent show, please contact the City Office at 254-375-2212.


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