Sometimes workplace efficiency means re-evaluation of assets. Such is the case with Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley’s request Monday to reclassify an officer in the Criminal Investigations Department so he will not be caught with a less than desirable amount of experience in leadership.

In November, the chief reduced the number of officers in the department from two lieutenants to a captain and a lieutenant.

“We are trying to be a little bit innovative by cutting down on the number of supervisors,” Hundley said of his strategic plan. “However, after looking at what is going on in our narcotics division, I would feel more comfortable if I had somebody to be with these officers all the time for accountability,” Hundley said of the 12-person department.

The chief asked for and received reclassification of an officer position to sergeant in the division.

“In case I have a lieutenant or captain leave, I am running the risk of promoting somebody with no experience,” Hundley said. “I am a big believer if you are going to be instructing people on what they need to do, you need to have done it yourself.”

With Monday’s reclassification, the number of police officers remains the same, and the make-up of the department includes the chief and 56 members classified as follows: an assistant police chief; three police captains; six police lieutenants; six police sergeants; and 40 police officers.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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