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City Council upholds officer suspension

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

The Columbus City Council Tuesday voted to uphold the suspension of a Columbus police officer, who is retiring this month. 

 


Lt. Keith Worshaim, a shift commander and veteran of the Columbus Police Department, appealed a 12-day suspension levied by CPD Chief Joseph St. John. 

 


Reportedly, Worshaim''s suspension, which began Sept. 8, was the result of several infractions, including allegedly placing a new officer on foot patrol after the officer noted Worshaim failed to meet qualifications to carry a Taser; cutting short a four-hour ride-along St. John granted to a private citizen; and poor treatment of members of the media at the scenes of accidents or crimes. 

 


Worshaim, who is retiring from the CPD, was sent home on paid administrative leave on Aug. 8 and began his unpaid suspension Sept. 8. 

 


Local attorney Rod Ray represented Worshaim during the appeal hearing, which was held in executive session of the council meeting. Ray also represented Columbus police officers suspended for 15 days after a May incident at the Vicksburg National Military Park; the officers were accused of riding through the park in a marked Columbus police cruiser and flashing the vehicle''s lights and sirens at passersby. 

 


Worshaim''s retirement from the CPD is scheduled to begin Oct. 23.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment WANT TO KNOW commented at 10/7/2009 3:36:00 PM:

Who was the officer that was granted a ride-along? And who was the private citizen?

 

Article Comment TD commented at 10/7/2009 8:31:00 PM:

If you were smart enough to read, the answer to the first question is in the story.

Why is it important to reveal the name the private citizen?

 

Article Comment WANT TO KNOW commented at 10/8/2009 9:30:00 AM:

Do you really think that Lt. Worshaim could cut Cheif St. John's ride-along short?? Were is the chain of command?? And on the private citizen, inquiring minds want to know.

 

Article Comment tom commented at 10/8/2009 11:57:00 AM:

Um, what part of "private" did you not understand? If that person wanted their name revealed I'm sure it would have been printed in the story. I don't blame the person for not telling their name, that would only open himselfherself up to be the target for a lot of bull that is not necessary.

 

Article Comment tom commented at 10/8/2009 11:57:00 AM:

Um, what part of "private" did you not understand? If that person wanted their name revealed I'm sure it would have been printed in the story. I don't blame the person for not telling their name, that would only open himselfherself up to be the target for a lot of bull that is not necessary.

 

Article Comment just tired of it commented at 10/9/2009 1:24:00 PM:

From what I know of Wor"shame", he is a do as I say, not as I do "leader". I hear they have on of those heading the muw police department now. Worshaim will probably be welcomed there with open arms now...especially with the w's poor decision making record.....truly sad.

 

Article Comment seig heil commented at 10/9/2009 1:36:00 PM:

FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Article Comment WANT TO KNOW commented at 10/9/2009 3:37:00 PM:

When you get into a patrol car that the tax payers pay for and ride-along with an officer, why shouldn't the tax payers know? If you have to hide it, it must be wrong!!!!!!!!!

 

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