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Clyde Police Chief Suspension Extended
The Mayor of Clyde and it's four city alderman have decided Police Chief Gerard Ball will face an additional 30 day suspension for alleged personal misconduct city leaders refuse to detail. Gerard had already been suspended for five days with pay until Wednesday when he received the additional suspension without pay. In a brief written statement to News13 Wednesday city leaders said they will monitor the Chief's conduct for the next twelve months and can fire him without notice if standards for behavior aren't maintained.
"It's all over the paper its all over the news," said Linda Conard who lives in Haywood county. "They don't want to give the citizens the reason why he is suspended? i think it's ridiculous. I think they're(city leaders) are protecting him, it's politics. But as taxpayer's the public has a right to know."
"They're over here keeping secrets i don't think that's right," said Daniel Black, a Clyde resident.
News 13 left a message for Clyde Mayor Jerry Walker but the call wasn't returned as of Wednesday night. Clyde's four city alderman also would not make any additional comments on what Chief Ball did to warrant the suspension. For the next thirty days, Cpt. Mike Lindsay of the Clyde police department will serve as chief.
"Just whatever happened, happened, and we're going to continue on as normal," said Cpt. Lindsay.
While city leaders are maintaining secrecy in the case John Abel who's lived in Clyde his entire life isn't pleased with the way they've chosen to handle the case.
"I mean the people voted for them," said Abel. "And I think they ought to come out and let the people know what's going on."
by Kimberly King
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