Board To Decide Blair’s Fate Next Wednesday

by Staff on April 21, 2010 · 6 comments

in Local

The Mitchell Board of Works will meet, privately, next Wednesday, April 28th, at 10am.  At 11am, they will meet publicly to issue their decision on the suspension and possible termination of Officer Steve Blair.

Blair was placed on suspension, without pay, last month by Chief Presnell after Mayor Dan Terrell filed a complaint against Blair, alleging that, while serving as the Chief of Police, he surreptitiously recorded a private conversation between himself and the Mayor.  Blair then allegedly gave the recording to former Officer Randy Phelix, who subsequently brought a lawsuit against the City of Mitchell.

Board of Works members Steve Burton and Mike Eager will be the ones to decide Blair’s fate.  I am planning to attend the hearing and will be posting live updates via the Mitchell News twitter feed.

6 comments
mitchell citizen
mitchell citizen

Aren't police officers supposed to protect and serve their community??? How is helping someone win a lawsuit helping the community? I can only imagine what new tax amount they are going to send property owners to cover this mess. I find it unreal that his job is even in question. He should not be allowed to have the priveledge of being a police officer. Wonder how much Phelix paid him to help???????

Mitchellraiser
Mitchellraiser

It's embarrassing to live in this town these days.

Bob
Bob

Where is the meeting at?

Loredrin
Loredrin

As stated in the TM article today there was nothing illegal about the conversation being recorded (which leads to the old saying, "Don't say things in public that you wouldn't want your mother to hear."). And by public, I mean anywhere outside of your own home. I'm going to guess that what was on the recording was used to file a slander lawsuit. Although I don't really know what the lawsuit was for (and that is part of the problem, transparency is always helpful). But slander would be a first guess. Since we don't know what the lawsuit was for. And the recording was done legally (the officer didn't break any laws). It makes it appear that the Mayor is just trying to get back at this officer for "catching him" in something that ended up costing the town of Mitchell some money. Why is it that people in positions of power never seem to want to take responsibility for their actions? Is the mayor blaming the loss in the lawsuit solely on the taping of the conversation? Maybe the Mayor should not have said what he did during the conversation? As I said before, you shouldn't say anything in public you wouldn't want your mother to hear. Doesn't matter who you are, or where you are.

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