SHEFFIELD -- The Sheffield Civil Service Board has reinstate Police Chief Greg Ray, who was terminated last year, city officials said today.
Mayor Ian Sanford terminated Ray, 54, on Oct. 26, citing several infractions including failure to follow directives from the mayor and council.
Ray has been on leave with pay since then as he worked through the appeal process.
During his appeal hearing before the civil service board Friday, Ray's attorneys argued that neither the mayor nor council told Ray he would be fired as police chief if he failed to follow specific guidelines.
At the conclusion of that hearing, board members said they would issue their decision in writing concerning whether to uphold Ray's termination.
Ray's defense team of Tony Hughes and James Irby noted during Friday's testimony that Ray was never given a job description for the police chief's position, nor has he ever had a job performance review.
Using some of the documents and testimony put into evidence during the hearing, Irby dissected the charges Sanford used in the termination. Irby asked if Sanford had ever looked into Ray's personnel file before terminating him. Sanford said he had not.
Irby pointed out during testimony that the charges Sanford brought against Ray were never "checked out" by the mayor before Ray was terminated.
During the hearing, Sanford said he fired Ray because of insubordination, malfeasance in office and for conduct detrimental to the Sheffield Police Department.
Ray, during questioning by Hughes on Friday, testified Sanford never told him that he would lose his job if he did not correct issues brought up by the mayor.