Greenfield Police Chief Placed On Administrative Leave
September 21, 2011
Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier has been placed on paid administrative leave effective immediately, according to a news release from the city.
City Redevelopment and Housing Manager Paul Mugan confirmed that Grebmeier was placed on leave due to an internal affairs investigation. "It's a very serious matter," Mugan said. He declined to provide further details.
Calls to Grebmeier, Interim City Manager Brent Slama and Greenfield Police Department Sgt. Fred Perez were not immediately returned.
The move comes after a tumultuous few months for Grebmeier. The City Council approved a merger of the Greenfield and Soledad police departments last week, a money-saving move that will eliminate one of the two towns' police chief positions. It's widely speculated that Grebmeier will get the axe.
Meanwhile, a campaign to recall City Councilmembers John Martinez and Yolanda Teneyuque continues, led by supporters of Grebmeier who oppose the merger and feel the Councilmembers have treated Grebmeier unfairly.
Martinez, Teneyuque and Councilmemeber Randy Hurley all voted for the police merger.
Grebmeier told the Weekly last month that supporters of Martinez and Teneyuque, have made personal attacks against him, his family and recall supporters. “The City Council’s divided on my police department, and, one might speculate, me,” he said.