MOUNT CARMEL — Former Bean Station police chief Phil Robinette will soon be working as a part-time Mount Carmel police officer to help eliminate overtime pay for full-timers, Vice Mayor Paul Hale told the Times-News Wednesday.
Robinette resigned from the BSPD on Dec. 15, 2012, the day after his son Nathaniel Robinette was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer in Rogersville and possessing a BSPD automatic rifle, badge, and SWAT gear.
Nathaniel Robinette is scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Criminal Court on Dec. 12 to announce either a plea or trial on charges of criminal impersonation, false imprisonment and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Hale said Phil Robinette has completed the pre-hiring physical, mental evaluation, and drug screening and is almost ready to join the police force. He will be the second former BSPD member hired this year by the MCPD
David Dean, who was fired from the BSPD by Mayor Terry Wolfe in January, was hired earlier this year as a part-time MCPD officer.
Hale said the part-timers will help cut down on overtime pay for the department.
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