Council upholds police discipline
After a four-hour executive session Wednesday night, the Baldwin City Council upheld the disciplinary action against members of the Baldwin City Police Department with a few changes. The police force was informed of the decision late Thursday.
All officers who were disciplined had appealed. The final appeal hearings were at Monday's city council meeting and the council delayed its decision until Wednesday's session.
Originally, Police Chief Steve Butell was suspended for three days, three officers were suspended for a day and the other officers recieved oral reprimands. The Signal has learned that changes to that include a one-day suspension for Sgt. Colleen Larson, who had previously had only an oral reprimand, and one of the oral reprimands was dismissed.
"The city council has chosen to uphold the disciplinary action handed out by City Administrator Larry Paine," said Mayor Ken Hayes. "We hope we can now put this matter behind us and move on."