Barling City Administrator Suspended


Barling City Administrator, Mike Tanner, has been suspended with pay following an incident that took place on Thursday, January 24.

Barling Police Chief Jerry Foley said Tanner reportedly lost his temper, and “went off on a city worker.” The police department responded, but upon investigation found that there was no criminal action that had taken place.

The Barling Board of Directors were contacted and held a special meeting to discuss further actions. After meeting in executive session, the board voted to suspend Tanner with pay until February 12.

Following that meeting, officers with the Barling Police Department accompanied several city employees home as a “precautionary measure.” Foley said, “There was no direct threat, but I feel strongly about making sure my officers and the citizens are safe.”

Currently, an internal investigation is underway. “They are talking with those employees that were here that day and those who heard what went on,” Foley added.

The Barling Board of Directors will meet on February 12, and make a determination on whether or not to extend Tanner’s suspension.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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