Matthes says he won't reinstate former police officer Rob Sanders

Dec 26, 2013

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Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes announced he will not reinstate former officer Rob Sanders to the Columbia Police Department.

Sanders was fired in 2011 for use of excessive force on an inmate. Surveillance video released by the police department shows Sanders shoving the inmate into a wall in a holding cell. 

In a press release, City Manager Matthes said the decision was made “after careful consideration of the testimony and evidence submitted during Mr. Sanders’s appeal hearing.” Matthes had 30 days to reach a decision, following Sanders's Nov. appeal in front of the Personnel Advisory Board.