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Abbeville Police Chief Determination Hearing

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jun 04 2019 11:35 PM

ABBEVILLE:    On Monday the Abbeville City Council heard the appeal of the suspension of Abbeville Police Chief Noel Vanlandingham.

On May 20 the Abbeville City Council took a vote to terminate Vanlandingham as Police Chief for Insubordination.

That vote failed.

The Abbeville City Council then took a vote to suspend Vanlandingham for 10 days for Insubordination. That motion passed and Vanlandingham was suspended.

Vanlandingham’s Attorney’s, Dusty Fowler and Steve Etheridge requested a hearing before the Abbeville City Council. They voted to uphold the suspension. But there was a question no one seemed to know the answer to.

Is the suspension 10 consecutive days to include the weekends or 10 working days. Attorneys were to get an answer and we do not know what the answer of the hour was.

Unknown if Vanlandingham is going to accept the will of the Abbeville City Council, just accept the 10 days and return to work. Or is Vanlandingham going to appeal the decision. A gamble Vanlandingham might take but in the end is the $ 1,000 of pay better to forfeit or the $ 60,000.00 a year job.

Vanlandingham left Abbeville Police Department when he did not get Chief of Police over now OZark Police Chief Marlos Walker. Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox hired Vanlandingham as a Deputy Sheriff.

When Walker left Abbeville for Ozark Police Chief Vanlandingham applied for Abbeville Police Chief. Sheriff Maddox and members of the Henry County Sheriff Department supported Vanlandingham for Abbeville Police Chief.

Then Vanlandingham turned on the Sheriff Department. Fought against Sheriff Maddox re-election. 20th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Pat Jones allowed the District Attorney Investigator Jay Henry to run against Sheriff Maddox.

Maddox won re-election as Sheriff of Henry County.

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