Police Officer Will Appeal Demotion To Town Council

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A Payson Police officer demoted a month ago for unknown reasons is appealing the decision.

Lt. Donald Garvin was given a letter of discipline and demoted to sergeant in July. Subsequently, Garvin’s attorney, Martin Bihn, filed an appeal.

Police Chief Don Engler would not say why Garvin was demoted and deferred all questions to Town Attorney Tim Wright.

Wright and Bihn did not immediately return requests for comment as of press time.

The Payson Town Council will review the appeal process regarding this case at Thursday’s town council meeting.

Under the town’s personnel manual, all appeal hearings will take place within 30 days by the town’s personnel hearing officer, Ron McDaniel. The hearing is not open to the public.

At the hearing, the town’s attorney Carry Kelly will present evidence and witnesses and Bihn will have a chance to cross-examine and present his own evidence. Following the hearing, McDaniel will make a recommendation for or against the discipline to town council. The town council will then vote to keep or reverse the discipline at either the Sept. 16 or Oct. 7 council meeting.

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