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Seymour Officer Dismissed After Hearing
Updated September 28, 2014 3:02 PM
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(SEYMOUR) - A Seymour police officer has been dismissed for violating department rules.

The city's Board of Works voted to dismiss Jerry Polly. The decision came after Chief Bill Abbott presented his findings to the board involving Polly's absence from work for more than six months.

Polly was on unpaid medical leave for an injury he claims he received while on duty. The injury involves lower-back issues from wearing his gun belt and vest and sitting in his police vehicle for hours at a time, Polly says. He claims the city is not providing him the medical attention he deserves as a city employee.

Abbott originally filed chief's charges April 24 with a recommendation to fire Polly. He withdrew those charges last month because Polly had filed for a Family and Medical Leave absence, which required the city to hold his position for a certain amount of time.

Abbott says he can't hire anyone to fill the position until Polly, a nearly 15-year veteran of the department, is no longer employed by the city.

Polly did not attend the meeting. The findings conclude that Polly is unable to perform the essential functions of a police officer and is unfit for duty for medical reasons.

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