ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville’s City Council held its first meeting since the news broke that its police chief will be suing the council.
Council members didn’t give any comments on the suit as it prepares to go to court with its currently-suspended police chief, Noel Vanlandingham.
According to the lawsuit, the city didn’t give Vanlandingham proper notification of his offenses, brought new allegations to the table without letting him know beforehand, failed to tell Vanlandingham what he was being suspended for and didn’t give the chief a chance to properly defend himself.
The suit went on to say the city claimed Vanlandingham failed to follow a direct order to “get along with the Henry County Sheriff.”
As the legal battle begins between the chief and the council, residents are left to wonder what the real issue is and how it will be resolved.
News 18 spoke with at least five different residents — all of which refused to speak on camera.
However, many residents said Vanlandingham has been a good police chief. Others said situations like this happen all the time — especially in small towns.
One resident simply said:
“I think it sucks.”
Abbeville resident Venson Corbitt went on to say: “(As) a policeman, he ensures the safety of the public and the safety of the public is jeopardized if he wants to sue the city. That’s selfish.”
WDHN tried to contact Vanlandingham, but was unable to reach him.