PAINT ROCK, Ala. (WHNT) – The Paint Rock town council voted to disband its municipal court system Tuesday night.
The council voted 4-1 in favor of disbanding the court system at a public meeting. The move will take 90 days to complete. Paint Rock Police Chief Billy Wilson and Sgt. Mark Adams handed in their resignations prior to the decision.
The move to abolish the court system in the small Jackson County town is the first step toward eliminating the town’s police department.
The town council says the decision is driven by cost. Many town residents and former Chief Billy Wilson believe it’s all because of legal problems facing the son of Mayor Jane Nevels.
Joseph Nevels was arrested in January for allegedly Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Indecent Exposure, and Theft. Joseph Nevels was arrested again on Feb. 4. Wilson says he threatened to kill an officer.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of Harassing Communications and one count of Driving Under the Influence on Monday.
Joseph Nevels is ordered to serve 90 days house arrest and to not be within five miles of Wilson, his residence, or his family.