Council reverses Police Chief decision, allows him to resign

Three weeks after their controversial decision to terminate its police chief due to performance issues and an internal investigation, the Montgomery City Council reversed course Monday night.
In three different motions at a regular meeting on April 17, the Council unanimously reversed its March 30 decision to terminate Police Chief John Schmidt, accepted his resignation and entered into a settlement agreement.
Mayor John Grimm commented that the decision strikes a balance in the situation that involved the chief and upset so many residents. 
“This would obviously be somewhat of a compromise in that there are many people in the community that have strong feelings about having to disrupt Chief Schmidt’s life, basically with the termination,” Grimm said. “This would be an alternative that would allow him to receive some type of severance package and has something to do with privacy rules as well.”
The council’s offer of a severance package to Schmidt is not new. City Administrator Brian Heck said the offer had been made to Schmidt before he was terminated. Heck reminded the council that after the closed session to discuss performance issues and the internal investigation on March 20, the council agreed to have Grimm and Heck meet with Schmidt to discuss a separation agreement. 
The three met on March 22. 
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