Ivey Police Chief forced out of his job by city mayor and council
John Richards said Ivey’s Mayor, Dainel Pope and city council met behind closed doors, during an executive session and when they emerged he was ousted of his job. Richards says he had no idea, his job was in jeopardy.
“I was called in and they advised me that several things had been going on, that they didn’t appreciate and they advised me I could either resign or be fired,” said Richards.
Richards says one of the reasons he was forced out was because of a security camera app of city hall he had on his cell phone. The app did not cost the city anything.
He says as police chief, it was his duty to make sure to keep an eye out on city hall. But, that meant he knew who was coming and going, even city officials.
Richards also believes he was ousted for not logging mileage of his police car. He says that was difficult because they were too busy responding to calls, to have to stop what they were doing log mileage.
Sgt. Brian Stuckey is the now, acting police chief. Stuckey has worked with Richards for eleven years and says the whole thing caught him off guard.
“I was very shocked and was not expecting it to happen, it just baffled me.”