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Former Denham Springs Police Chief to appeal firing

7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago April 20, 2016 Apr 20, 2016 Wednesday, April 20 2016 April 20, 2016 10:59 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board has confirmed that the former police chief plans to appeal his termination.

Ex-Police Chief Scott Jones and a second officer were put on administrative leave in February after the mayor raised questions about an investigation into a domestic violence call involving a city councilman. Jones and Captain Steve Kistler were both fired on Apr. 7.

The letter issued by Jones' attorney on Wednesday morning attempts tentatively to set a hearing date, allowing 10 days of response time.

A 200-page report on that investigation was recently obtained by The Investigative Unit, stating that an arrest warrant was issued by the police department on Jan. 15 for 40-year-old Councilman Chris Davis in connection with the domestic violence incident that happened at his Oakwood Drive home. Records show that Davis was not arrested on the night of the incident, but he was instead issued a citation. Department protocol was called into question over the incident, and the report indicates Jones' actions were a direct violation of an order from the mayor of Denham Springs. Davis and his wife have come forward to call the domestic violence event an accident.

Both Jones and Kistler had been at the center of prior investigations that were aimed at addressing allegations of misconduct made against the former chief and two other DSPD officers.

There is no word yet on planned appeals for the second officer fired in connection with the incident.

We’ll have updates to this story and more info about the planned appeal on News 2 at noon.

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