Attorney defends Maryland Heights’ top cops after suspensions

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) - The police chief and deputy chief in Maryland Heights have been placed on leave following complaints about an unfair work environment.

In a news conference Friday morning, attorney Chet Pleban, who is representing Deputy Chief Joe Delia, accused the city of acting recklessly and irresponsibly. Pleban said rank and file officers objected to the suspensions of Chief Bill Carson and Deputy Chief Delia.

On Thursday, the city launched what it called an in-depth review of the Maryland Heights Police Department amid complaints. Both Carson and Delia were placed on paid leave.

The Maryland Heights Police Association is backing the chief and assistant chief.

The newly hired city administrator said Maryland Heights “is committed to ensuring that all employees can work in a safe environment and express their opinions without fear of retribution."