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  • Stockton (Utah) mayor suspends cop who ticketed his son

    Just saw this in the local paper, should be interesting to see how it plays out. I think the mayor should lose his job for this one.

    http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_13644319
    Stockton Police Chief Heinz Kopp is keeping his distance from what has become a pretty big dustup in this tiny Tooele County town.

    "It wasn't my decision to suspend [Officer Josh Rowell]," the chief said Monday. "That was the mayor's doing. I was left out of the loop on that one."

    The chief was referring to the fallout after Rowell cited Mayor Dan Rydalch's son for driving without a license.

    The mayor could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

    The City Council has scheduled a special Thursday evening session to discuss the matter, which has caused some of the town's estimated 600 residents to contact council members with questions.

    Rowell said Tuesday night he was parked by the side of the road and was motioning vehicles over to check for license, registration and DUI when he realized a white car appeared to be evading the checkpoint on residential streets. He followed the sedan and pulled it over.

    The driver, Jared Rydalch, 29, could not produce a driver's license. Rowell cited him and told him he would pull him over again if he spotted him driving that night.

    About 20 minutes later, Rowell found the police chief in the mayor's pickup.

    "You could tell just the way the mayor's hands were flying, the mayor was upset," Rowell said.

    When the officer approached the pair, Rowell said the mayor fired him.

    "Are you the one that gave my son a ticket?" Rowell recalled of the conversation." I want your badge tomorrow morning."

    The chief later informed his officer that the mayor, rather than firing Rowell, decided instead to suspend him without pay.

    The mayor had reportedly complained that the officer had acted rudely, Rowell said.

    "That's not true," Rowell said. "I'm confident I acted professional."

    Councilman Kendall Thomas characterized the suspension as "totally unfair."

    "What we've got is a good officer who was trying to his job and the mayor overreacting," Thomas said.

    The mayor had not communicated to the council why he suspended Rowell. That's among the reasons the meeting was scheduled, said Councilman Mark Whitney.

    "We're trying to find out what happened," Whitney said. "We've had several citizens ask us about this. Some are upset about it."


  • #2
    The son must've gone home and cried how the cop was mean and told him, if you don't sign it, you'll go to jail.

    Effing puss.

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    • #3
      that's ridiculous. hope he gets removed from office. his poor little baby gets a ticket and he starts acting like a moron?

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      • #4
        I'm curious if the state AG will step in and investigate the mayor...
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        • #5
          Total abuse of power.....sounds like the kid needs to man up and stop crying to daddy.....

          Sounds like some of the crap going on with the mayor of a big city near me.....
          'Evil always wins when Good does nothing'-Anonymous

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          • #6
            PC non existant lol

            However is this officer had a union all that would have happened is he got a ****tyyy post lol

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Outshined
              Left out of the loop my ***. They say the Mayor is who runs the towns, it is not, it is the Police Chief. He is a fairy.
              I worked in a town where the mayor and city council was in our chain of command ABOVE the chief. It never became an issue but it was there in black and white.
              Those who are successful at what they do don't give a rip about what others think about them.

              We don't rent pigs.

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              • #8
                Why do I have this image as the Mayor looking like Boss Hogg from the Dukes of Hazard?
                MDRDEP:

                There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                • #9
                  [http://forums.officer.com/forums/
                  Last edited by Nobody; 11-06-2009, 03:59 PM.

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                  • #10
                    wish i was nearby, I'd be at that meeting for sure..... sounds like a good officer, dedicated enough to pay his own way and not risk causing trouble for his fellow officers - just wants his job back. The mayor should be recalled and thrown out of the town though...... if the officer wanted to sue, I'd contribute for sure
                    +1

                    So does this Mayor realize that he won't be a Mayor forever?
                    He better make sure his Arse obeys every law known to man after his time is up. He is a Dou-- bag. I hope they make an example out of him!
                    MDRDEP:

                    There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SLC_CO View Post
                      Just saw this in the local paper, should be interesting to see how it plays out. I think the mayor should lose his job for this one.
                      Agreed. Honestly, at age 29, the mayor's son should've known better than to drive without his license and should just take his medicine ... but then again, if daddy is still bailing him out of trouble at this point in his life, I guess it's no surprise that he's still acting with less maturity than my 16yo son.
                      Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. --Mark Twain

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                      • #12
                        A Judge would have to recuse himself in the matter if his son came before his Bench. The Mayor should have recognized that interceding on behalf of his son in such a matter would be improper. And I wonder why the Mayor's son drives without a DL. I also wonder why Officer Rowell had "no idea" that it was the Mayor's son. The surname "Rydalch" is not very common, and usually if someone doesn't present a DL he's going to be questioned a bit before he's let go with a ticket, and I wonder why someone who would run to his Dad about such a thing wouldn't mention who his Dad is.
                        Last edited by Monty Ealerman; 10-27-2009, 08:45 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wannabe2gonnabe
                          A 29 year old got a ticket.. Boo hoo. Should have cited him again for not having a man card. Jw, why was the chief in the mayors truck?
                          ^^ I'm with you ^^
                          RIP Sgt. Joe Bergeron, We will surely miss you.

                          - EOW 5/1/2010 -

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                          • #14
                            Any bets the words "Do you know who I am?" came into play during the traffic stop?
                            I miss you, Dave.
                            http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
                              +1

                              So does this Mayor realize that he won't be a Mayor forever?
                              He better make sure his Arse obeys every law known to man after his time is up. He is a Dou-- bag. I hope they make an example out of him!
                              It's a small podunk town smaller than the company I work for. He's the big man in that mile radius. He probably knows everyone who voted for him personally. He can work voters individually.

                              It's a WHOLE different world. Think of high school on roids.
                              _____________
                              "Corruptisima republica plurimae leges."

                              "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."
                              - Cornelius Tacitus

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