Selma Assistant Police Chief resigns

Published 6:35 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2024

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After being cleared in an investigation after being placed on Administrative leave, Selma Police Assistant Chief Natasha Fowlkes resigned Tuesday.

Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. placed Fowlkes on Administrative leave with pay after someone in the SPD accused Fowlkes of illegal activity.  Dallas County Sheriff’s Office ended the investigation and on June 27 notified Perkins, saying  “this was not a criminal offense’’ and Fowlkes did nothing wrong. Dallas County Sheriff Mike Granthum, the Dallas County Sheriff Criminal Investigation Division and Dallas County District Attorney Robert Turner conducted the investigation. 

Five days after being cleared, Fowlkes resigned.  Fowlkes resignation is effective immediately.

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 “Assistant Chief Fowlkes has decided that it is in the best interest of the  City of Selma, and her and her family, that she steps down as Assistant Chief of Police and tenders her resignation from the Selma Police Department,  I agree with her decision,” Perkins said. “Therefore, effective immediately, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, I accept Natasha  Fowlkes’ resignation as an employee of the City of Selma. I want to thank her for the services rendered throughout her law enforcement career with the Selma Police Department and hope for her a successful future. “

Perkins said the investigation is closed.

Selma City Council President Billy Young reacted to Fowlkes’ resignation.

“I sincerely wish former Assistant Chief Fowlkes well in her post-Selma Police Department endeavors,”  Young said. “It is also my hope that with the unanimous reinstatement of Chief Fulford that we can now bring stability and consistency to the SPD. Selma needs a strong Police Department supported by an encouraging and supportive municipal government. May we all move forward in the best interest of our community.”

Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford said he appreciated what Fowlkes brought to the SPD.

“I would like to thank Assistant Chief Fowlkes for her service to the Selma Police Department and our community,” Fulford said. “I wish her the best in her new endeavors.”