Former Denham Springs Police Chief Paul “Scott” Jones and his second-in-command plan to appeal their terminations, officials said Wednesday.
Jones, through his attorney, notified the city’s Civil Service Board that he will challenge the City Council’s April 7 decision to fire him over the Police Department’s handling of a domestic violence case involving a city councilman, board Chairwoman Jennifer Barclay said Wednesday.
In that case, Councilman Chris Davis was issued a summons rather than being arrested after a Jan. 15 altercation with his wife that left her with a head injury.
Both Davises have said the injury was an accident, but an investigative committee appointed by Mayor Gerard Landry found the chief and Capt. Steve Kistler, who also was fired April 7, had failed to follow the law and departmental policies in handling the matter.
Kistler also filed an appeal with the Civil Service Board on Wednesday, the board’s secretary confirmed.
The investigative committee pulled cellphone records for Jones, Kistler and Davis; reviewed at least 15 other domestic violence cases the department had handled in recent months; and interviewed 20 witnesses to determine why Davis’ case was handled differently.
The committee ultimately concluded that Jones and Kistler had deliberately failed to perform their duties and committed acts sufficient to show they were unfit for civil service employment.
Landry, the mayor, fired Kistler and recommended Jones’ immediate removal as chief — a recommendation the City Council voted 4-1 to uphold.
Davis was the lone vote against firing the chief.
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