Richardson declined to comment on a reason for the suspension, but said the police chief was suspended without pay for two weeks. Richardson said he informed Bobo of the suspension Wednesday morning.
“I typed up a letter and gave it to him to inform him of the suspension. He is suspended for two weeks and then we’ll bring it before the council,” Richardson said.
The Carbon Hill City Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Feb. 28. Richardson said he expects the group to discuss the police chief suspension in an executive session.
“We’ll talk about everything and then come back out and I’ll ask for a motion,” he said.
Richardson wouldn’t comment on Bobo’s future with the city, but he said the police chief would have 10 days to request a hearing before the council if he is terminated.
“That’s our protocal. He will have a certain amount of time to request a hearing with his lawyer and our lawyer present,” Richardson said.
Bobo, who was hired as Carbon Hill’s police chief in November, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. At the time of his hiring, Bobo said, “This is my hometown, and serving as Carbon Hill’s police chief has been a career focus of mine since I got into law enforcement.”
Bobo was police chief in Cordova before taking the position in Carbon Hill.