Sallisaw commissioners appeal reinstatement order

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) - Sallisaw city commissioners have voted to appeal a court order reinstating suspended Police Chief Shaloa Edwards.

The Times Record reported Tuesday that the commission voted 4-0 to appeal the order issued Aug. 6 by Special Judge Holli Wells. Wells ruled that the suspension violated Edwards' due process rights.

Edwards - who is elected - was originally suspended for 90 days in February after allegedly taking $60 from a police department fund that's used to make change for people purchasing copies of police reports. The suspension was extended in May and in July.

Edwards now faces a felony embezzlement charge in the case. He has said he didn't realize borrowing from the fund was wrong and city officials say he has repaid the money.

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