District 1 City Director Erin Holliday and District 2 City Director Elaine Jones are hosting town hall meetings for Hot Springs Police Chief Chris Chapmond to engage with their constituents. These events will take place on Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at David F. Watkins Park, 811 Park Avenue, and on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Reverend James Donald Rice Park, 511 Pleasant Street.
The town hall events are open to all residents and will focus specifically on the neighborhoods in Districts 1 and 2. Participants will be asked a series of questions via pre-printed note cards. Their answers will be collected and serve as talking points for Chapmond. He will address area concerns and public perception about safety, as well as the role of the police in our communities. He will also share his vision for Hot Springs.
The Monday evening event at David F. Watkins Park will be held in the newly constructed amphitheater and will focus on residents and businesses located downtown and north of downtown. The Park Avenue Community Association has collaborated on the event, and the town hall will take place prior to their regularly scheduled meeting.
The Tuesday evening event at Reverend James Donald Rice Park and will focus on residents and businesses south of downtown and across District 2. The Gateway Neighborhood Association is partnering in this event.
Chapmond assumed the position of Chief of Police for the Hot Springs Police Department on July 1, 2020. He returned to Hot Springs after serving as the Chief of Police in Bluffton, South Carolina for almost two years. He formerly served with the Hot Springs Police Department for 22 years in various roles and ranks.
“I was inspired to invite the Chief into our neighborhoods because of his approach to community policing,” Director Holliday stated. “Chief Chapmond really stood out among the applicants because of his vision for the department to be part of a holistic approach to healthy communities, and how he sees their role as being proactive not just punitive.”
Because of Covid-19, face masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. Seating will be provided, and door prizes will be given at each event. For more information, please contact Director Holliday at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-318-4139.