Police & Courts

Mount Sterling police officer to appeal termination

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: May. 16, 2018 7:05 pm Updated: May. 17, 2018 8:15 am
Mount Sterling Mayor Matthew Bradbury

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The Mount Sterling City Council will address a fired police officer's appeal of his dismissal at a meeting this month.

According to The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM, Mayor Matthew Bradbury fired Officer Nathan Rauch last week after Police Chief Brandon Norris refused to follow the mayor's demands to ask for the officer's resignation.

Rauch will appeal his termination at the special City Council meeting. Because the matter is a personnel issue, the meeting will be held in executive session.

Bradbury told WGEM he is "re-evaluating the Police Department." The future of four part-time police officer positions is also uncertain.

Norris said Bradbury isn't happy with the number of drunken-driving tickets officers are writing.

"He is not only just getting what has come into question, the DUI arrests, but he's also gotten narcotics arrests, a stolen firearm, warrants, driving suspended and a lot of other arrests," Norris said. "It's not just going out, looking for the DUIs and that stuff that's being claimed. It's not to harass people. It's to keep the community safe."

Mount Sterling resident Courtney Garfield praised the mayor's decision, telling WGEM that for the last year and a half, she and several of her family members have been tormented by Rauch.

"Basically, you're not allowed to drive after dark without being harassed by the local police," Garfield said. "It's enough to make me want to move."

Bradbury has declined to speak to the news media.

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