Jack­sonville asks judge to stay po­lice chief’s re­moval

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Jack­sonville has asked a Pu­laski County cir­cuit judge to stay a rul­ing that tem­po­rar­ily re­moved the city’s po­lice chief from the po­si­tion last month.

Judge Alice Gray re­moved Po­lice Chief Ge­of­frey Her­weg from the job on June 29, pend­ing the out­come of a law­suit that chal­lenges Her­weg’s el­i­gi­bil­ity, un­der the Arkansas Con­sti­tu­tion, to hold the chief’s po­si­tion. Gray de­clined City At­tor­ney Robert Bam­burg’s re­quest to im­me­di­ately stay the rul­ing but said she would con­sider a writ­ten re­quest.

Bam­burg filed a writ­ten re­quest Mon­day. The re­quest says that “the op­er­a­tion of the [Po­lice] Depart­ment is and has been thwarted by the Court’s im­me­di­ate re­moval of Her­weg.” It calls for Her­weg to be re­in­stated while the city ap­peals Gray’s rul­ing to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

“I think we need to get back to busi­ness,” Jack­sonville Mayor Gary Fletcher said Wed­nes­day.

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