Abbeville police chief officially suspended

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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville Police Chief Noel Vanlandingham has officially been suspended. 

“It started this past Monday and will go ten consecutive days,” said Abbeville Mayor Billy Helms.

Although Mayor Helms couldn’t share the details about why the chief was suspended, he did say there are plans in place to make sure this situation doesn’t happen again. 

“I intend to speak with him when he returns and let him vent his thoughts on it,” Helms said. “Hopefully we can get on the same page and make things work.”

At this time, it’s unclear whether Vanlandingham will take the case further. According to Mayor Helms, at last report, the chief and his legal team intended to sue the city.

However, that is unconfirmed.

“He’ll be back next week, about the middle of next week,” Helms said. “I look forward to working with him and I think we can. I voted for him to be the chief and I want him to be the chief, but I want us all to be on one page.”

Regardless of what Vanlandingham does decide, Mayor Helms told News 18, in the eyes of the city, the case is settled.

“I think Noel will work with us good and we intend to work with him,” Helms said. “Hopefully, when this is over, it’s over and we (will) see a brighter future ahead.”

Currently, Sergeant James Bradley is acting as Abbeville’s interim police chief.

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