Clyde police chief suspended

By DeeAnna Haney | Sep 03, 2013
Clyde Police Chief Gerard Ball was suspended with pay Friday for unknown reasons.

Clyde town leaders suspended Police Chief Gerard Ball last week, although the reasons behind the decision have not been released.

Clyde Town Administrator Joy Garland revealed little information Tuesday regarding Ball’s suspension, citing it as a confidential personnel matter.

The town board of aldermen and mayor called a closed session meeting Friday, Aug. 30, at which time they enacted the suspension, Garland said.

Ball will be suspended for five days with pay. Meanwhile, Cpt. Mike Lindsey, a longtime employee of the Clyde Police Department, will be filling in as chief until Ball returns.

Ball was hired on as chief in July 2012 after the town’s previous chief, Derek Dendy, was fired for misconduct.

He was suspended for 30 days before the board terminated his employment in January last year. At the time, Garland cited “unsatisfactory work performance and unsatisfactory personal conduct affecting work performance” that led to the decision to fire Dendy.

Capt. Mike Evans served as interim police chief until Ball was hired in July. But when Ball took over, Evans resigned as well as police officer Jeff Howell.

Garland said she could not comment on whether a meeting has been scheduled to address the issue further. She said this is the first time Ball has been suspended by the board.

Ball was not able to be reached for comment by press time.