Potterville council meets behind closed doors to discuss police chief's future

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It is a small town in turmoil.

Critical issues need to be resolved involving Potterville's former city manager, the fire chief, and police chief.

But only one of those controversial topics was discussed Thursday night by the Potterville City Council, and that was behind closed doors.

Among many items on tonight's council agenda, whats next for former Police Chief Shane Bartlett?

Michele Barks, a Potterville resident, said, "I hope it's positive for him. I'd like to see him continue his career here."

The city council met behind closed doors to discuss the future for the city's police department.

Bartlett was put on administrative leave earlier this month after being charged with allegedly helping his wife file a false police report, saying she was sexually assaulted by an Eaton County Sheriff's deputy.

Those charges come from an investigation by the Michigan State Police.

"I think the state police are doing the proper procedures, that's what it's all about right now," Barks, one of a few to voice their support for Bartlett Thursday night. "I'm over here in 2010, we've had three police chiefs since I've been here and I think he's by far been the best. We need to keep him. I think he's done a real good job with the public and I'd like to see him stay."

Another big issue in Potterville, when will the fire department be back up and running?

The city council plans to meet next Tuesday to discuss that matter.

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