After public outcry, a dwindled police department and the possible resignation of a town’s mayor, the city of Achille has decided to reinstate Police Chief Eric Shane Guhl.
During a special meeting of the Achille City Council on Feb. 1, during which the Mayor and one council member were away, Guhl had been terminated from his position as Achille Police Chief.
Guhl said that this was legal because there was a quorum, meaning a majority of council members were present, and the council did post notification in accordance with the open meeting law.
“It was a shocker to me,” said Guhl who had not been suspecting this action. He said that the council explained to him that the decision was because of issues with his spending.
Guhl admitted to being somewhat confused because all spending had been submitted and approved by either the mayor or the council.
He said anything under $500 is approved by the mayor and anything above that is approved by council. Guhl said it was never made clear what the exact issues were.
Mayor Dean Collins also expressed his disapproval of Guhl’s termination and announced his resignation.
Guhl said Collins retracted his resignation after Guhl was reinstated. Guhl said that he received a call last night from the Mayor.
Collins told Guhl that he was being reinstated. Guhl said that he accepted his position back for the good of the community and his family.
“I’ve been here about eight years. I care about the citizens,” said Guhl. Guhl said he hopes they can put the pieces back together and move forward from here.
As of 8 a.m. this morning the police department consisted of four officers. This is up from the mere two officers that stayed out of the original eight.
Guhl will be officially reinstated during the next city council meeting on Tuesday Feb. 12.