Police Officers Allege Somerset Mayor Abused Power

Problems within the police department began about a year ago before Mayor Eddie Girdler even took office. Attorney Scott Foster says that Girdler told then Police Chief David Biggerstaff that the mayor wanted control over promotions; a move that went against protocol.

Biggerstaff resigned and then Foster says problems began for six officers who didn't support Mayor Girdler in the election. The officers who did support Girdler would be rewarded, and Foster says just the opposite would happen for those that did not.

The lawsuit alleges that the officers were denied their civil rights and their earnings potential because the mayor’s current system would prevent them from being promoted.

The six officers claim the mayor is taking his powers way too far by running the office through executive orders and not according to procedures, local ordinances and even state law.

The police officers want a trial by jury and an unspecified dollar amount as judgment.

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  • by Raymond Location: Richmond on Dec 28, 2007 at 05:52 PM
    Boy Cindy, You just hate all cops dont you? I mean every post I have read of yours is always anti Police or Government. What happened to make you feel that way ?
  • by david Location: somerset on Dec 24, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    ohh come on wow, didnt you ever watch the dukes of hazzard,
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Dec 21, 2007 at 07:03 PM
    Cops claiming a mayor abused his power? How could that be according to them its impossible for an authority figure involved in the legal system to ever possibly do so. Maybe theyll have to admit its possible for cops to do the same now?
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Dec 21, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    Hmmmm. Imagine the Somerset police department has corruption in it. Who would have thought that? Oh yeah, me.


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