St. Louis, Missouri 2021-07-27 23:05:00 –
Normandy, Missouri (KMOV.com)-The Normandy City Council resolved at a private meeting on Monday to dismiss police sergeant Tameika Sanders.
Normandy Mayor Mark Beckman said the council did not have the authority to dismiss her and would hire a lawyer to sue the council.
“Now it’s just a big cluster. The city hall is confused,” he said.
Beckman believes that the city council’s 6-1 votes to dismiss Sanders are the result of personal revenge. News 4 asked Beckman why he believes the council is taking personal revenge on her and wants to fire her.
“There was a reason we couldn’t disclose it because it was a private meeting. It was ridiculous. It was funny,” Beckman said.
Normandy City Councilor News 4 spoken on the phone didn’t say why either. Councilor Elma Ratliff said she didn’t take the position of police chief as she wanted, calling for a vote to dismiss her for good reason, and she’s convincing. I believe. Only a few weeks ago, Beckman assigned Sanders the task of assistant police chief, but she has no official title and no salary increase.
“She is the voice of our city and I don’t understand it because they slapp her in this way,” said Normandy resident Terry Ganon.
Ganon is a former Normandy councilor and mayor of Beckman’s sister-in-law. Ganon and her daughter will distribute hundreds of billboards this week to help Sanders.
“When we started informing people, they were like,’Can I get an autograph? Can I get an autograph?'” Ganon said.
According to Beckman, Sanders is a 12-year veteran of the police station and a resource officer in the public relations office and school.
“She is a respected, devoted officer and everyone in the community who loves her,” Beckman said.
Beckman asked for a badge and gun because he believes Sanders’ firing may have been physical at a meeting on Monday. He said she was not fired, but instead received paid suspension. Sanders declined to comment, but in a Facebook post she wrote:
“Their rules meant that I had to remain a victim of physical assault, sexual harassment, racism, and the silence of gender bias.”
She continued to post, stating that she was “dismissed for her remarks.”
“I think she has the grounds for a very extreme proceeding that could probably bring our city bankrupt,” Ganon said.
A former city lawyer told the council that he was not authorized to dismiss Sanders, Beckman said. He said the lawyer who resigned from the Frustration Council had not received legal advice. A new lawyer hired by the city council, which Beckman said was without his approval, told Congress that they had the authority to dismiss her. Beckman plans to hire a lawyer, sue the council, and let the judge decide who can run the city hall.
Normandy city council member declined and interviewed News 4.
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