Bad judgement the reason for Abbeville police chief’s suspension, mayor says

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville police chief Noel Vanlandingham will remain suspended for 10 days after he appeared before the Abbeville city council for a hearing on Thursday.

Abbeville Mayor Billy Helms said the suspension comes from what the city council is saying is a string of bad judgments made by the police chief over the past year, but a big part of that suspension was due to a recent incident.

“Part of it was the recent traffic stop by the sheriff department — which, you know, it depends on who you talk to on whether anything was done wrong or not,”  Helms said. “It did involve certain incidents with that not at the stop but afterward.”

WDHN spoke with one of Vanlandingham’s attorneys after speaking with Mayor Helms, and he said his client has done nothing wrong

“Officer Vanlandingham has served the city for over 20 years and proudly served the city of Abbeville,” Vanlandingham attorney Dustin Fowler said. “We’re gonna explore all our legal options to get this mark on his clean record resolved.”

Vanlandingham will be able to serve as the Abbeville police chief immediately after the suspension ends.

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