Lawsuit claims illegal suspension of Abbeville police chief

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Abbeville (WTVY)-- A lawsuit has been filed against Abbeville's mayor and council, claiming they failed to follow city policy when they suspended Police Chief Noel Vanlandingham without pay.

Last month, the mayor and council relieved Vanlandingham of his duties for 10 days for what they termed “insubordination.” The suspension was upheld on appeal.

In the lawsuit filed Friday, Vanlandingham claims Mayor Billy Helms refused to inform him of specific complaints that led to the suspension.

The only information made public about the situation is Helms claims that Vanlandingham failed to “work well” with Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox.

The lawsuit, filed by Dothan attorneys Stephen Etheredge and Dustin Fowler, seeks unspecified damages.

It claims Vanlandingham lost wages, vacation time, and benefits as a result of his suspension.

A jury trial is sought.

The city of Abbeville website still lists Vandlandingham as police chief.