CLOVERDALE -- A special judge has been selected to hear the case of the former Cloverdale police chief who is suing the town for alleged code violations.
Attorney Bill Harrington, who is representing former Chief Charlie Hallam, said Judge Adler of Vigo Superior Court No. 2, was recently appointed. Now the parties must wait to see if Adler will agree to hear the case.
Putnam County Judge Matt Headley previously agreed to hear the case, but later recused himself by citing a conflict of interest.
Back in February, Hallam filed suit against the town council claiming the members violated the law when they decided to terminate his employment as deputy marshal as part of a so-called "Reduction in Force" plan.
A few weeks prior to serving Hallam notice of his pending termination, the council voted to demote him from marshal to deputy marshal, a move Hallam saw as politically motivated.
The town's attorney, Allan Yackey told Judge Matt Headley in February that the town needed to lay off an officer for financial reasons.
Since that time, a temporary injunction has allowed Hallam to remain on the force, beyond a March 1 cut-off, but officer Jason Baugh was relieved of his duties instead, according to Marshal Don Pearson.
Hallam's attorney claims his client was entitled to a disciplinary hearing, but the town's attorney says that isn't the case.