Paden City Police Chief Will Be Suspended Without Pay
Paden City Police Chief Joseph Richardson will be suspended without pay as he faces domestic battery charges, city council decided last week.
During a special meeting Nov. 9, council met behind closed doors for about 15 minutes to discuss whether or not to continue paying Richardson, who was arrested Oct. 12 by state police responding to a domestic disturbance at his residence in Friendly.
Council had suspended Richardson with pay during its Oct. 14 meeting. Richardson was employed full-time at $18 an hour, according to city hall.
Mayor John Hopkins said Richardson’s suspension without pay will be effective Nov. 16. Hopkins said if Richardson is cleared of the charges, he would be eligible for any accrued back pay.
Richardson told council that he wants to continue to serve the city’s police department.
“Absolutely. I love this job,” he said. “I love the community. I loved working for them. I think the police were doing a good job.”
Richardson allegedly attacked a woman multiple times and slammed her against a wall.
Richardson was charged with domestic battery and unlawful restraint and remains free on $10,000 bond.
Hopkins said state police have not released anything to city leaders regarding the report being prepared about allegations involving Richardson.
On Monday, Richardson’s defense attorney, Robert McCoid of Wheeling, was granted a motion seeking more time to prepare his client’s case. A new hearing date has not been scheduled.
Tyler County Prosecuting Attorneys D. Luke Furbee’s office has recused itself from the case. Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton will serve as the special prosecutor.
Tyler County magistrates have also recused themselves from presiding over Richardson’s hearing, so Wetzel County Magistrate Judith Goontz will preside as a special magistrate.