by Ivan Foley
There will be a delay in a matter to hear state-level complaints against the police chief of the Village of Ferrelview.
The matter, originally set to be heard against Daniel Clayton, police chief, on Feb. 6, has been pushed back until July 26.
A delay was not completely unexpected. The Landmark recently reported Clayton had retained legal counsel in the matter and that a delay in the hearing was possible.
The Administrative Hearing Commission of the State of Missouri will hear the matter. A representative of the state attorney general’s office will present the case of the allegations against Clayton.
Last summer when the petition in the matter first became public, Ryan McCarty, an assistant in the office of
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, told The Landmark Clayton's appearance before the administrative commission is a process similar to a preliminary hearing. McCarty stressed the attorney general's office “is not like a prosecutor's office in this situation. We have no agenda, we just present the case.”
McCarty added the attorney general's position is to defer to the Missouri Director of Public Safety, who will make the call on any disciplinary action against Clayton's licensing.
McCarty said in dealing with a police officer's license, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Program (POST) gathers all reports and all evidence.
“The POST makes a recommendation to us and we go from there,” McCarty said.
Complaints made against the
Ferrelview police chief include accusations of being physically abusive, using unnecessary force and giving a sexually aggressive pat down.
The complaints put Clayton’s license as a police officer at risk.
If the commission finds “cause” for the allegations, the matter is then advanced to the Missouri Department of Public Safety for a decision on whether to suspend or revoke Clayton’s license as a police officer.
Clayton in recent weeks was suspended with pay by the Village of Ferrelview Board of Trustees. He remains on suspension with pay as of this writing.