Rincon City Council has closed its investigation into allegations against the former police chief, Michael Berry. According to city attorney Raymond Dickey, the mayor and aldermen will share its findings in the investigation with the public at its regular council meetings in January.
“The public will be given an opportunity to ask questions during the meetings,” said Dickey.
The investigation began in September after city employees went before council with allegations against Berry. The city released a three-page list of accusations in November. Some of the allegations include violations of city policies and/or ordinances, “threats of physical harm against mayor and council members,” and talking about “murdering a police officer because the officer was believed to have been revealing information about Chief’s actions to council.”
When asked if the city council has addressed their findings with Berry, Dickey stated that they have tried.
“We have offered multiple times to him and his attorney to speak with them about these issues but has not occurred,” said the city attorney.
Berry said Monday that he never heard from city officials to set up a meeting nor had any word been passed to him through his attorneys about an interview for the investigation.
The next council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 22.