Battle Creek city leaders on officer investigation
Updated: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 07:32 AM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Battle Creek city leaders had a chance to react Tuesday night after a police officer was charged with coming to work drunk.
Battle Creek Police Officer Jennifer Appl was in court Tuesday morning after investigators say she worked two hours of her patrol shift drunk over the weekend.
As it would happen, Tuesday night, Battle Creek City Commissioners had a meeting.
Earlier Tuesday, Appl was arraigned on charges of operating a car while intoxicated and carrying a gun while intoxicated--both misdemeanors.
But during the City Commission meeting Tuesday night, city leaders remained silent on the issue.
Afterward, we went to the Mayor looking for answers.
"Of course it's always disappointing," Mayor Susan Baldwin said. "When you have something happen, that's just a challenge for the department."
Commissioner Dave Walters--a former Battle Creek Police officer--says this is just another blow for the agency that's already facing problems with public perception.
"I would like to see us move forward, whatever, we'll support the department the way we can," Walters said. "As a commission, I think we are trying to do some positive things right now--I think we're getting a bad wrap on being negative."
Now, the Mayor says the city is working on what comes next for Appl.
"We want to make sure we do the right things and follow procedures because that's one of the ways you make sure your employees are covered and you're covered as well," Mayor Baldwin said.
Earlier Tuesday, the City Manager echoed that sentiment, saying it will take time before the city can act.
The City Manager says he still plans to sit down with the Police Chief to discuss how Appl will be disciplined for what happened.