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Fired Jonesboro police chief on council agenda

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The Jonesboro City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution regarding the employment of former Police Chief Brad Johnson during its regular meeting Monday, according to Mayor Luther Maddox.

Maddox fired Johnson May 21, stating in a memo that Johnson did not successfully complete his "working test," which Johnson took to mean a probationary period.

Johnson said he does not believe there is a probationary period for the position of police chief, and does not believe Maddox has the authority to fire the chief, without the approval of the City Council.

Johnson filed an appeal of his firing last week, requesting a hearing before the City Council, according to Johnson's attorney, Keith Martin.

Maddox did not specify, Thursday, how the City Council would address Johnson's employment during Monday's meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., at 170 South Main Street.

Approximately three weeks before he fired Johnson, Maddox suspended him for wearing blue jeans on the job, and for what Maddox called disrespect of the office of mayor.

Prior to being fired, Johnson appealed his suspension. The City Council upheld the suspension, but reduced it from five days without pay, to two and a half days without pay.

Martin said Johnson would appeal the suspension in Clayton County Superior Court.