Cleveland’s city manager, police chief get subpoenas in firing of police officer

Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel and police Chief David Bishop have been subpoenaed to appear before the Bradley County grand jury on Nov. 19 with documents related to the dismissal of police Lt. Steve Tyson, reports the Chattanooga TFP.

Tyson was fired Aug. 18 after an internal investigation determined that he violated departmental drug policies. He was rehired before the end of the month after agreeing not to sue the city.

“The subpoena said they [the grand jury] wanted to review all the records in this matter,” Casteel said in a text message on Wednesday.

…The grand jury action follows an inquiry initiated by the Cleveland City Council, which pressed Casteel and Bishop for details of the investigation that resulted in Tyson’s firing.

On Aug. 25, Tyson’s family, friends and co-workers packed a City Council meeting to speak in his support. They said the officer’s only mistake was taking one of his son’s prescription pills to relieve pain from a kidney stone in late June. He tested positive on a subsequent drug screening.

“I’m disappointed [about the firing], I don’t mind telling you that,” said City Councilman Dale Hughes in late August. “I’ve had more calls on this than anything [else] since I’ve been on the council.”