With a unanimous decision by the Alton Civil Service Commission to accept the findings of an independent hearing officer, APD Capt. Scott Waldrup is to receive a 30-day, unpaid suspension … and then may return to work.
The commission agreed all charges against Waldrup should be dropped. Last December, Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons suspended Waldrup with pay in connection with an investigation into an evidence tampering case involving another officer. The officer involved in the case resigned from the department and was indicted on a charge of official misconduct.
Simmons changed Waldrup’s suspension status to “without pay” last February, and the commission reinstated the pay in April.
Following this week’s ruling by the commission, Mayor Brant Walker released a statement that says, in part, “When the Civil Service Commission decided that the city failed to meet its burden of proof with regard to discharge of the employee in question, the weight of the evidence and the seriousness of this incident required some form of discipline to be administered … the Civil Service Commission’s decision today demonstrates that the city of Alton will hold its employees accountable for their actions.”
City Council Alderman Gary Fleming has been outspoken during several council meetings regarding his opposition to the amount of money spent on lawyer fees by the city related to the issue.