Former Mayflower police chief Billy Paul Baker pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of tampering at a hearing Wednesday morning in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
Baker admitted to Circuit Judge Michael Maggio he was guilty of tampering. He was given a $750 fine and probation.
Baker was released from Faulkner County jail on $2,500 bond in December following an investigation into inconsistent statements Baker gave to officials from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (CLEST) and contradicting statements made by some of the officers about a training class that never happened.
The investigation surfaced after a complaint was filed by one of the officers, who stated that despite being awarded a citation for radar gun certification, no class took place. The documentation sent to CLEST by Baker showed that a class was held on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2011, and seven officers were in attendance. All received certifications. An investigator pulled all the certifications, spoke with two of the officers listed and found out that they did not attend a class.
On Thursday, local attorney Joe Don Winningham, defense counsel to Baker, noted that if Baker abides by the terms of his unsupervised probation, the case will be dismissed after one year.
Baker signed a consent decree in January surrendering his ability to be a law enforcement officer in Arkansas, and he also agreed not to appeal the decision in order to seek law enforcement again.