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Belmont releases violations by former police chief

The Belmont City Council upheld former Police Chief Charlie Franklin’s termination Monday.
The Belmont City Council upheld former Police Chief Charlie Franklin’s termination Monday. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The Belmont City Council upheld former Police Chief Charlie Franklin’s firing Monday and released the list of 16 policy violations for which he was terminated.

Franklin was fired for “improper treatment of other employees,” misusing drug asset forfeiture money and excessive absences, according to an April 17 dismissal letter sent to Franklin from City Manager Barry Webb.

The memo states Franklin also deleted a report of an officer’s traffic accident and improperly voided citations.

The violations outlined in the letter fall into two categories: unsatisfactory job performance and “detrimental personal conduct.”

Franklin’s reported actions also included:

▪ Failing to follow the internal affairs process.

▪ Improperly handling promotions, demotions and discipline.

▪ Misusing city-owned property.

▪ Misusing an officer physical ability test.

Four of the five council members voted to uphold Franklin’s dismissal.

Mayor Charlie Martin said the investigation began in late 2014 and was conducted by a private Huntersville agency.

“It kept on snowballing because people kept coming forward and saying things,” Martin said.

The mayor said recent turnover in the Police Department might have helped bring about the investigation.

“We’ve lost some police officers,” he said. “During some of the exit interviews, it indicated there might have been some things going on.”

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