Sturgeon Police Chief
The Sturgeon Board of Alderman met Monday to discuss whether the city's chief of police will keep his job.
Aldermen were taking testimony from several witnesses on Chief Greg Halderman's performance as chief.
The alderman notified Halderman of his request for resignation earlier this month.
In a letter, city leaders claimed Halderman's alleged alcohol problem made him unfit as chief.
"Instead of putting their arms around him like leaders, they want to cast him aside and I disagree with that," said Erik Anthes. "I don't think that's how you treat someone who protects your community so faithfully."
City leaders were expected to make their decision on Monday night.
A hearing for Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman will took place Monday evening.
Sturgeon Mayor Gene Kelly gave Halderman a document asking him to resign or attend a hearing on March 27th. The document details accusations of alcohol abuse on the job, inappropriate language with a minor, holding a gun up to another officer's face and verbally abusing prisoners.
Halderman said charges were dropped for two out of the four allegations.
Monday evening, Halderman along with witnesses will speak on his behalf.
According to one of Halderman's witnesses, Anthony Jones, Halderman's lawyer advised the witnesses to refrain from discussing the closed meeting until it is over.
Jones said the mayor of Sturgeon called for a closed hearing. However, the public is able to attend the open meeting.
He said supporters will attend the open meeting to voice their opinion, but the mayor will not answer questions about the hearing.
"People are on the agenda," Jones said. "Everybody wants to figure out why are they trying to fire the best chief we've ever had."
Jones said he wants justice for Halderman.
"Everybody in this town loves him," Jones said. "Not only is he a friend, but he's a wonderful, perfect cop."
The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the closed hearing starts at 8:30 p.m.