Archive for Sunday, March 25, 2001

Police chief of Liberal calls his dismissal ‘unfair’

March 25, 2001


— Don Meyer has been fired as Liberal's police chief, and he says the action was unfair.

Meyer received a letter Tuesday from City Manager Toby Miller terminating his employment with the city.

Miller had sent Meyer two letters one March 16 and another on Monday that requested Meyer's resignation and said that he would be fired if he didn't resign.

Through his attorneys, Meyer responded Monday in a letter declining to resign. He then received the letter notifying him of his firing.

Attorneys for Meyer suggested he was fired in retaliation for the police department's investigation last summer of rape allegations against Mayor Ivanhoe Love Jr.

The mayor was cleared of any charges, but the incident sparked a recall attempt by a citizens' group.

That recall effort was thrown out by a judge, but Love was defeated this year for re-election to the city commission. Meyer would not cite specific proof of his suspicions that his firing was in retaliation for the department's investigation of Love, but said he is suspicious of the way the incident has been handled.

"I know I've done a good job here, but I've been treated unprofessionally and unfairly," Meyer said.

Miller says Meyer's allegations are incorrect.

"That charge is totally ludicrous," Miller said. "(Love) didn't have anything at all to do with this. As a matter of fact, Ivanhoe supported him and tried to work with him."

Miller would not discuss why he fired the chief.

"The only thing I'm going to officially say is, that he was terminated in accordance with the provisions of his contract."

An interim chief has not yet been named.

Meyer has 24 years of experience in police work and had been Liberal's chief of police for more than two years.

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