Update: Suspension looms for former Cedar Rapids police chief Graham
3 officers file formal grievance; investigation set to conclude next month
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Former Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham faces a suspension while he is being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment and other claims in Ocala, Fla., where he was hired as chief after leaving Iowa.
Three Ocala officers filed a formal grievance against Graham alleging sexual harassment, hostile treatment, retaliation and discrimination, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. Outside counsel will conduct the investigation with results due by Oct. 20, Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn said this week.
Guinn said he is standing behind Graham. and he would not be placed on administrative leave or suspended while the investigation takes place. However, on Tuesday night, the Ocala City Council voted 4-1 to override the mayor and begin the process to suspend Graham, the newspaper reported.
A special meeting will be held on Friday in which a four-fifths majority would be needed to officially suspend Graham, and Deputy Chief Rodney Smith has been tabbed to take over his duties beginning on Friday, the paper reported.
Graham came to Cedar Rapids from the Ocala Police Department in 2008 and left Cedar Rapids in 2012.