Tenn. Asst. Chief Fired for Hostile Work Environment

LA VERGNE, Tenn. --

The assistant police chief in La Vergne has been fired. Channel 4 News has confirmed that Stace Thompson was let go Monday, just eight months after getting his badge, for creating a hostile work environment.

Mayor Senna Mosely confirmed Thompson was terminated Monday following an independent investigation. Mosely said the attorney who conducted the investigation found complaints that Thompson was being hostile to fellow officers.

Mosely said there have also been complaints from citizens. One of those citizens is Bruce Eichibauer. The head of a neighborhood association was arrested on charges of felony reckless endangerment in September for blocking a driver who was speeding through his neighborhood.

When Eichibauer was brought to police headquarters, he said, he was met by Thompson.

"Even before I got out of the patrol car, Assistant Chief Thompson was in my face yelling, 'Not in my town, you don't do this,'" said Eichibauer.

After Eichibauer's charge was dismissed in court, he filed a complaint with the police about how Thompson handled the incident.

"I've now been informed that he has been terminated with cause. I don't know what, if any, of my allegations have to do what that," said Eichibauer.

Thompson has 10 days to appeal his firing. He was first placed on administrative leave with pay Feb. 2.

Channel 4 tried contacting Thompson, but the number listed for him had been disconnected.

Thompson has been employed with the city since July 23, 1989.

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