Fired Officer Can Receive Some But Not All Retirment Benefits

Fired Officer Can Receive Some But Not All Retirment Benefits

A high ranking Dothan police officer terminated has ten days to appeal firing.
A high ranking police officer can appeal his termination to the Dothan Personnel Board but it’s not yet clear whether he plans to do so. Captain Keith Gray was dismissed from the force Monday morning after meeting with Police Chief Greg Benton.

The chief issued a written press release Monday announcing the termination but would not elaborate on specific reasons. “After an extensive internal investigation it was determined that Captain Keith Gray violated Police Department General Orders and Personnel Rules and Regulations of the City of Dothan to the extent that his violations were intolerable offenses,” the statement said.

Dothan Personnel Director Delvick J. McKay said he could not speak directly to Gray’s case. However, he said under the city’s rules any employee who is terminated has ten days to appeal to the Personnel Board. “That would have to be done before an appeal can be filed with the Circuit Court challenging the decision to terminate,” McKay said.

Attorney Pat Jones, who represents Gray, said he cannot comment at this time. Jones added he believes that Gray will be able to tell “his story” in the future but did not elaborate.

McKay also said a person who otherwise qualifies can draw their retirement even if terminated. Dothan employees are covered under the Retirement Systems of Alabama. “However, the employee would not be eligible to remain on the city’s health plan and would not be paid for accrued sick and vacation days,” McKay said. City workers who retire normally receive such benefits.Gray apparently will not unless his termination is reversed on appeal.

Gray, a 28-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave in August. An internal affairs probe was launched after several members of a motorcycle gang were arrested and charged after allegedly being involved in a fight that left one man injured. It is not believed Gray was involved in the altercation.
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