CPD officer to remain employed with the city
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 20, 2013 | 3052 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — Officer Aaron Moseley will remain employed with the city of Cordova following a special council meeting held Tuesday night.

The council met first in executive session to discuss a personnel issue first addressed at last week’s meeting when Moseley asked to be reinstated three days before the resignation he had tendered took effect.

After reconvening, council member Ed Earp made a motion to have city attorney Ken Guin begin the process for a pre-termination hearing. The motion failed 3-5. It was supported by Earp, Mayor Drew Gilbert and council member Bobby Busby. Council members Stephen Tidwell, J.J. Johnson, Lauren Vance, Bradley Grace and Warren Branch voted against the motion.

Johnson then made a motion to allow Moseley to be reassigned to another department while he seeks the 90 days of treatment that has been recommended for the personal issue that he notified city officials of two months ago.

The motion passed 5-3 with Tidwell, Johnson, Vance, Grace and Branch voting in favor and Gilbert, Earp and Busby voting against.

After the council’s vote, Moseley elaborated on the issue that led to his resignation.

“I want to be very clear that this is not chemical or alcohol dependency. The issues previously alluded to stem directly from having served time with the U.S. Army in Iraq for one year,” Moseley said. “I have served honorably by continuing to stand up for my country, my county, my city and myself. There comes a time when you have to stand up for what is right. I am very pleased the city council took a stand for me tonight. I am extremely pleased with tonight’s outcome, and I am very enthused to continue serving the citizens of Cordova.”

Moseley also credited his faith for helping him get through two difficult months in his life. “God has proved to be instrumental during these trying times. I have learned through these past couple of months that if you learn to rest in Him, He will fight your battles for you. He has done just that for me,” he said.

After the meeting, two council members expressed support for Moseley.

“This man was a good officer. He lives here. He was born and raised here. He went away and served his country. We can’t just throw him away,” Johnson said.

Vance also said Moseley’s status as a veteran influenced her vote.

“This man risked his life to ensure our freedoms, and in doing so suffered greatly from it. What does the city do? They try to terminate this man for the issues he contracted while fighting for their freedoms. We should be supporting this man, instead some were trying to punish him,” Vance said.

Gilbert said his vote was based on his conscience as well as violations of the city’s policies and procedures, details that have been discussed only in executive session.

“It’s unfortunate that we can’t discuss a lot of our end in the public forum. We never want to bring anyone’s character into question in that open forum,” Gilbert said. “I thought it was the right thing to do to allow him to part ways on good terms. An offer for employment was extended three weeks ago to help him. It was declined.”

Gilbert said the motion made Tuesday night to reassign Moseley while he pursued a recommended 90-day treatment program mirrored the offer that he made three weeks ago.