Pledger resigned in 2011 and was charged with filing a false police report, firing a gun into an occupied building and tampering with evidence after failing a polygraph test. He received a suspended sentence and probation. Under the plea agreement Pledger was banned from law enforcement. Elberta is in Baldwin County.
An interim chief took over until the council hired Stan Devane in 2012. He is a former Dothan officer who was also employed with the Board of Pardons and Parole.