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Former Jacksonville Police Chief Files Complaint, Wants Job Back

Jacksonville Police Director, Mayor Targeted in Officers' Court Complaint


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - Former Jacksonville Police Chief Geoffrey Herweg filed an affidavit of complaint in court on Friday.

In the filed suit he states that he wants his job back and Alderwoman Tara Smith to resign. 

Herweg claims City Attorney and Police Director Robert Bamburg has abandoned him. 

The original complaint was filed over a year ago. 

Read the filed suit here.

Original story:

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - Some local police officers have joined together to file a complaint against the city seeking the removal of Police Director Robert Bamburg.

The Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Temporary and Permanent Injunction was filed Wednesday morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court and also names Mayor Gary Fletcher as a defendant.

Bamburg, the Jacksonville City Attorney, was named Police Director by Mayor Fletcher in July 2017, following Chief Geoffrey Herweg's removal from office in late June. The action against Herweg came after an April legal action was filed against the city which cited Herweg's having been convicted of a crime. Herweg had been appointed by Mayor Fletcher to succeed Chief Kenny Boyd, who retired in April.

The complaint filed Wednesday names five Jacksonville Police Department (JPD) officers and states that since Bamburg’s appointment, chaos has ensued, citing a long list of reasons why, including these:

  • School Resource Officers have been reassigned, and less qualified officers have been assigned to take their place;
  • Public Information has been severely limited, prompting several local news outlets to profile the City’s leadership critically;
  • The Jacksonville Police Department’s Public Information Officer, April Kiser, was removed and all media requests have been directed to Bamburg;
  • Captains have been excluded from the budget process despite written policy calling for their inclusion

The complaint seeks action that:

  • Prohibits Bamburg from holding the office of Director of the JPD or exercising any duties beyond the scope of his elected office of city attorney
  • For a preliminary and permanent injunction removing Bamburg from the position of acting chief of police or director of the JPD; and
  • Enjoining the City of Jacksonville from creating the position of Director of the Police Department or any other position not consistent with City policy or Arkansas law

Click here to read the full complaint.

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