The dispute between the city of Alton and a suspended police captain appears to be headed to federal court. Last week, the city suspended Captain Scott Waldrup without pay over the investigation involving missing evidence. Waldrup filed a counter motion, and then the city moved to have the case heard in U.S. District Court.
Last week, the Alton Civil Service Commission determined the city was correct when it suspended Waldrup for two days over a previous overtime case. The Commission then requested a special hearing officer to make a ruling on the most recent suspension case. Last Thursday, Police Chief Jason Simmons suspended Waldrup without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Waldrup's attorney filed a temporary restraining order on Friday to halt the suspension without pay since it would be a burden on his family. On Monday, the city requested that the case be moved to U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, and it was granted. That action cancelled a hearing scheduled for today in Madison County Court. A former Alton Police officer, Jonathan Forler, is facing felony official misconduct charge over the missing evidence, which was discovered late last year.