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Friday, September 07, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Appeals court upholds Burke’s appointment of Ralston as chief"

Reporting today on the COA decision Aug. 31st in the case of International Union of Police Associations, Local No. 133 v. George Ralston, et al (ILB summary here - 3rd case), the Terre Haute Trib-Star writes:

Terre Haute Mayor Kevin Burke was within his right to appoint Police Chief George Ralston to his position, an appeals court ruled late last week.

The Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling dated Aug. 31 in Terre Haute’s favor in a case challenging Burke’s appointment of Ralston. The International Union of Police Associations Local 133, which represents Terre Haute police officers, had challenged the appointment since Ralston was not on the Police Department before Burke appointed him.

The court ruled that state law does not require a police chief to be a member at the time he is appointed.

“It’s always been clear for [first- and second-class] cities … that the chief does not have to come from the department if he meets all the other qualifications,” said Bill Drummy, an attorney who represented the City of Terre Haute in the litigation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 7, 2007 09:34 AM
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