Judge upholds police chief's firing

December 04, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A federal judge upheld yesterday the firing of Smithsburg's police chief, whose dismissal in August sparked protests in the small Washington County community.

Judge Benson E. Legg in Baltimore's U.S. District Court told lawyers for the town and former Chief Thomas Bowers that state laws gave Mayor Mildred Myers authority to fire Bowers, ending his three-year tenure.

Legg also ruled that Bowers was not denied his right to due process.

Myers and the town council, which approved the action, said they fired Bowers for failing to investigate complaints, meet with the mayor and file timely reports.

Bowers' attorney, Lewis Metzner, said he will await Legg's written opinion before deciding whether to appeal the decision.

The opinion is expected tomorrow, he said.

Pub Date: 12/04/97

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