Sheffield Police Chief suspended

Source: Sheffield Police Department
Source: Sheffield Police Department

SHEFFIELD, AL (WAFF) - Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of a civil service hearing.

The police department made the announcement Friday afternoon. Officials said the termination was not over illegal activity.

According to a letter Mayor Ian Sanford sent to the city council and Ray, the police chief violated rule 1 of the "Rules and Regulations of the Personnel of the Police Department." That rule says the chief is held responsible for the proper and efficient enforcement of all laws, ordinances and regulations. It also outlines other duties the police chief is responsible for.

Mayor Sanford suggested the board terminate Ray and said they gave Ray an opportunity to resign, which he chose not to do.

Ray has been with the city of Sheffield for 20 years and has been serving as chief since December, 2007.

At this time Fire Chief Dewey King has been appointed as interim police chief.

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