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MONTGOMERY CITY COUNCIL TABLE VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE ON POLICE CHIEF

Last week Montgomery Police Chief Jim Napolitano was called into the to City Hall by City Administrator Jack Yates to be told he was suggesting the city council do a vote of no confidence on the Chief. This was done with no written explanation, on the day the Chief was celebrating his anniversary with his wife. The allegation was not written and all the Chief was told was he had lied to the City Administrator. The Chief denied the allegation. The Chief who came to Montgomery from the Secret Service has excellent credentials. He was responsible for the lives of 3 Presidents during his career. Since then he has trained countless officials, church leaders and business owners on how to handle at terroristic threat. He is loved by the community and it showed Tuesday night as the parking lot at City Hall filled and the standing room only crowd waited angerly on what was in store. The Council Meeting was started and the item which was the last on the list to determine the Chief’s fate quickly got moved to the front. It was then tabled. One reason was the council was advised that the Chief had not been formally notified of the allegations in writing. Second was that the Chief requested it brought in an open session with the public in attendance and not behind closed doors. The session was then open for the public to speak, speak they did, residents, business owners, even law enforcement officials from around the county. There was not one negative comment. All praised the Chief for the work he had done. Many residents and business owners call it a personal vendetta against the Chief by Jack Yates and Mayor Sara Countryman. This is not the first time the issue has come up. The last time it resulted in a 4 to 1 Council vote to keep the Chief. Two prior Police Chiefs have also been subjected to the politics in the city where it appears the City Council will not let the police do their job without interference.

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