SIPSEY, AL (WBRC) - Days after being shut down, Sipsey's Mayor said he's got "better things to worry about than the city's police department."
Walker County Sheriff's Office has no choice but to expand their territory to cover Sipsey because no calls are getting answered at the Sipsey Police Department.
Now, Sipsey 911 calls are redirecting to the Walker County Sheriff's Office. But Sheriff James Underwood says responding isn't all that easy.
"With three vehicles on the road, you stay extremely busy. We're shorthanded, we have 700 miles to cover. Sometimes our guys can be a long ways away," Sheriff Underwood explains.
Sheriff Underwood says until then, they will do the best they can with the resources that are available.
Sipsey Mayor Jerry Sadler didn't want to talk on camera, but provided the following statement:
Conswayla Scott lives in Sipsey and says the mayor is right about the town's police. Other people think the same.
"They are always like y'all's police. They're crazy, they're always pulling people over or they always got a roadblock or they're always this, they're always that," Scott says.
We tried to talk with other people in Sipsey, but they all feared repercussions if they said what they really thought.
Sipsey Police Chief Mareshah Moses says he's writing a letter to the council to request a hearing. No word yet on when that hearing would take place.