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Carter Lake City Council upholds firing of police officer

Carter Lake City Council upholds firing of police officer

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CARTER LAKE — The Carter Lake City Council voted unanimously to uphold the firing of a police officer at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Carter Lake Police Chief Shawn Kannedy fired Craig Johnson in mid-August. According to Teamsters Local Union No. 554, which represents officers, Johnson and another policeman were fired for making detrimental comments about the department and Kannedy. Both allegedly called the department “ineffective.”

City officials and Kannedy declined to comment on reasons for the firings because they are a personnel matter.

The council held a grievance hearing Tuesday night to hear from Johnson and his representatives. About 30 people attended the meeting, most to support Johnson, but disappointed when Carter Lake City Attorney Joe Thornton said Johnson's camp requested a closed session.

After almost an hour and a half, council members Ed Aldmeyer, Barb Hawkins, Tim Parker and Dave Huey voted to uphold the firing. Councilwoman Barb Melonis was absent.

“There are still steps to take, it's an ongoing process. I can't say any more,” Johnson told his supporters afterward.

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