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Sturgeon City Council discusses future of city’s police chief

City officials may ask the police chief of a small Boone County town to step down.

Chief Greg Halderman told ABC 17 News he was aware the mayor and city council may discuss his job in a closed session of their scheduled Monday meeting.

A flyer posted in the Casey’s General Store in Sturgeon calls for residents to support Halderman at the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. A clerk at the store told ABC 17 News he wasn’t sure who put the flyer up, or when that person posted it. he first noticed it Sunday afternoon.

Mayor Gene Kelly referred any questions about the topic to the city’s attorney, Merritt Beck of Centralia. Beck told ABC 17 News the city council could vote to take the meeting to a closed session to discuss the matter, but did not elaborate further.

City councilman Gary Lear also would not comment on if the group would discuss Halderman’s job status.

A city newsletter says Halderman began working at the Sturgeon Police Department in 2012.

The board of aldermen held a meeting Monday night. The aldermen did not take any action and the chief remains in his job.

The aldermen said they are waiting for reporter from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department to determine if an assault took place.

There is no word when a meeting might be scheduled for the aldermen to make a decision on the chief.

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