Payson Holds Hearing On Officer’S Appeal

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A hearing for a Payson Police sergeant appealing a demotion was held Wednesday.

No witnesses were called during the eight-hour, closed-door hearing. Only Sgt. Donny Garvin and Payson Police Chief Don Engler along with lawyers on both sides discussed the claims that led to Garvin’s demotion for alleged misconduct.

Neither the town nor Garvin’s lawyer Marvin Bihn would discuss how the hearing went.

Both sides presented their cases to the town’s personnel hearing officer, Ron McDaniel. Following the hearing, McDaniel has 10 days to make a recommendation to the Payson Town Council.

McDaniel can make a recommendation for or against the demotion and the town council will then vote to keep, reverse or alter the discipline at the Dec. 9 council meeting.

Both sides have remained vague as to why Garvin was demoted to sergeant from lieutenant. Allegations swirl around misconduct using a company-issued cell phone and off-duty behavior.

The town has asked the Roundup to withhold further information on the case until after the town makes its decision, however, allegations do not involve any criminal activity. Bihn said the charges are capricious and the town lacks specific evidence to support them.

Garvin hopes he will be reinstated as lieutenant, Bihn said. If discipline is taken, Bihn said he hopes it is only a short-term suspension.

Currently, no one is serving as lieutenant at the PPD.

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