Officer Joshua Rowell in Stockton, Utah (population 443) has been reinstated this week after being fired by Mayor Dan Rydalch. It appears that Rowell had the audacity to ticket the mayor’s son and was fired on the spot by an anger father. He was out of a job until the Top Kopp — Police Chief Heinz Kopp — and others objected.
The Stockton City Council finally yielded to public outcry over the incident and reinstated Rowell. Rowell had ticketed Rydalch son’s after he evaded a DUI checkpoint and was then found to be driving without a license.
The mayor insisted that he fired Rowell for “exceeding the scope of the traffic checkpoint” and “refused to cooperate with a superior.” However, Kopp said that Rydalch was irate over the ticket and acted in an “inappropriate and unprofessional” manner.
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