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Mapleton sergeant appeals firing, seeks a hearing

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MAPLETON — Attorney Scott Card hand-delivered an appeal of the firing of Mapleton Police Sgt. Chuck Senn to city officials late Friday.

In brief, terse statements, Card said Senn was appealing the grounds and procedures in firing him a week ago. Card maintains Senn was fired because he made critical remarks to the media about city officials concerning the retirement of Police Chief Bret Barney.

Card characterized the reasons Senn was fired as "frivolous." He has requested a hearing with the City Council.

Senn claimed that Barney, 40, was forced into retirement, but city officials refused to discuss Barney's reasons. Barney has also declined to comment. Barney was given a $20,000 severance package that included money to be paid to the state to ensure Barney qualified for a full retirement pension.

Mayor Richard Young said Senn was fired because he refused to follow policy and was disloyal to his employer, the city.