Metro Law Enforcement On The Way?

Long Beach officials hope to decide in February whether to turn over police operations in Long Beach to Harrison County. Aldermen voted 4-to-3 yesterday last night to await action by county supervisors on the matter. The city has not decided whether or not to hire a new police chief.

Former Chief Tom Bishop stepped down more than five months ago amid allegations of sexual harassment. Bishop now serves warrants for the city court clerk's office and works as a zoning enforcement and code inspector. He still makes the same salary he did as police chief, 42-thousand-dollars.

Larry Benefield, is president of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors. He says the board hasn't discussed the possibility of the county running the Long Beach Police Department. He says he doesn't think ``an issue as important as this in countywide government should have a deadline.''