Samson Police Chief

A Wiregrass police chief, now serving in Iraq, is at the center of a controversy in his town.

Chief Gerome Cobb's future with the City of Samson may be in question. It was discussed in a special council meeting Tuesday.

After the News 4 camera arrived at the meeting, Samson Mayor Clay King and the council went into executive session. At that time, nearly 30-city employees left the chambers.

News 4 has learned that a majority of them have threatened to quit if Chief Cobb returns to work. The chief has been gone for more than a year after he volunteered for overseas duty with his National Guard Unit.

Before the executive session, Mayor King addressed the group. Once the executive session ended, council members would not discuss what happened and that a vote did not take place.

Under federal law, an employer must maintain the job of a National Guard member who has been activated.