Galesburg Interim Police Chief fired by Galesburg City Council

Galesburg Interim Police Chief fired by Galesburg City Council. (File - WWMT)

GALESBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Galesburg Interim Police Chief Jeff Heppler was fired at the Galesburg City Council meeting on Monday.

Galesburg Mayor Carl Newton said that the city is an at-will employer and they let Heppler go because the employee-employer relationship was no longer working.

The Galesburg City Council approved the action to fire Heppler at the meeting on Monday.

Heppler has been the interim police chief in Galesburg since 2014. That is when the city council voted to demote Rick Mau who had been police chief for 28 years.

He said he cannot comment because of pending legal action.

In neighboring Augusta, Heppler is still the police chief. Newton said his firing was, “not a beef with Augusta.”

He also served as a Kalamazoo County Commissioner from 2002 to 2017 until he ran for Kalamazoo County Sheriff as the Republican nominee , but lost to incumbent Sheriff Richard Fuller. Heppler has also been a firefighter for various townships in the area for 35 years.

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