Public Safety director to reevaluate firing process in wake of David Bisard case

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Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says that he wants to review the police chief’s authority to fire misbehaving officers in the wake of the David Bisard case.

Since August of 2010, Bisard has been suspended without pay pending termination following his arrest on reckless homicide charges in a fatal drunken driving case.

Metro Police Chief Rick Hite has recommended Bisard be fired but the police merit board cannot act on that recommendation unless Bisard is convicted of a crime.

Riggs told Fox59 News that the chief should have the ability to hire and fire officers based upon a preponderance of evidence and that he will examine state merit board law to determine if the chief has that authority.

This would not be the first time the case has inspired officials to re-examine current practices. A new law for drawing blood allows anyone with proper training to take a blood sample from a suspected drunk driver.

Controversy has surrounded how Bisard’s blood was drawn following the Aug. 2010 accident.

A judge’s ruling Thursday will keep Bisard behind bars until  his trial begins in October.