Ex-police officer sues city

Published 9:15 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FRANKLIN—Former Franklin Police Sgt. Ronald McClenny has filed a civil claim against the city alleging that his service weapon, retired identification card and service award from the city are being unjustly withheld.

“The city of Franklin has left me no choice but to sue for what is being denied,” McClenny said.

The case, filed in Southampton County General District Court, is set for a hearing on Friday, Aug. 20. It lists the value of the service weapon, a Glock .45 ACP, at $512.

Contacted by phone on Tuesday, City Attorney Taylor Williams said he couldn’t comment on McClenny’s claim.

Last November, McClenny, who was a city police officer for 25 years, announced his immediate retirement during a City Council meeting, where he accused Police Chief Phil Hardison of harassing behavior. Hardison denied the claims.

After a closed meeting with City Manager June Fleming, council members decided not to investigate McClenny’s claims.

McClenny told council during its Monday meeting it “failed” him and the other citizens by “not taking some type of action.”

“I stand before you only asking for what I am due,” he said.

Retired police officers with at least 20 years of service may be allowed to purchase their service weapon for $1, according to state code. McClenny said he has not been able to purchase his weapon, has not received his retired identification card or been recognized by the city for his years of service.