Maryland Heights, MO (KTRS) Maryland Heights’ top cops are off the job following complaints of an unfair work environment.
On Thursday, city leaders placed on paid administrative leave while an in-depth review is conducted on the police department.
“Chief Carson and Deputy Chief Delia have been placed on paid administrative leave to ensure a balanced and impartial department review in the coming weeks. The continued safety and well-being of our community remains a top priority. These personnel changes will not impact service provision,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator of Maryland Heights.
“The City is committed to ensuring that all employees can work in a safe environment and express their opinions without fear of retribution. This philosophy will guide our actions moving forward.” added Krischke.
“At a time when public safety is critical to communities in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, the Mayor of Maryland Heights has recklessly and irresponsibly removed both Bill Carson, the Chief of Police and Joe Delia, the Assistant Chief of Police leaving the department with a lack of permanent leadership at the top. Both decorated officers have been with the department for a combined total of over 50 years.” said Chet Pleban, an attorney for Delia and Carson.
Meanwhile, Captain Mike Klos has been appointed as acting police chief during the review.