The Panama Board of Trustees accepted the retirement resignation of longtime Police Chief John Whiteaker and voted to hire a new police chief during a special meeting that took place Monday night.

With all five trustees present, Mayor Mickey Hale, Vice-Mayor Mike Blevins and members Dale Miller, Kenny Morgan and Tony Fout, all voted unanimously to appoint and hire Eddie Seaton as new police chief.

Whiteaker has been hired by Panama Public Schools as the resource truancy officer.

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