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Board approves officer’s firing


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A Greenwood board voted Wednesday to approve its findings from a police officer’s disciplinary hearing.

The police merit commission approved 4-0 its June 20 oral findings, as announced at the public meeting that day. Commissioner Tom Brogan was absent.

The five-member commission did not vote publicly when making its decision to fire Greenwood police officer Paula Redd at the hearing last week.

 

Redd had 44 formal reprimands, including showing up late to work, not investigating possible crimes and failing to complete police reports when needed.

Police Chief John Laut asked the commission to fire Redd, and officers who supervised her also recommended she be fired.

The police chief cannot fire merit officers and must ask the merit board to make firing decisions.

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