Marion seeks legal ruling on councilman serving as police officer

One local city’s first black police officer may be out of a job.

After being elected in the municipal election, Angelo Hightower was sworn in as a Marion city councilman Monday night.

After the meeting, Hightower says, he was told by City Attorney Steve Green not to report to work at the police department because taking office was a conflict of interest.

Hightower says he was served with a legal notice Tuesday morning that the city was seeking a judge’s ruling on the situation.

“You know they’ve done a lot of things to me. But now they’re trying to take away my livelihood, and it’s starting to get a little personal,” Hightower said. “They just seem like they will stop at nothing to try and settle some type of score or vendetta.”

Neither Green or Marion Mayor Bob Butler could be reached for comment on this story.

Hightower says he plans to return to work at the police department Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. as scheduled.

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