The controversy continues out of Waynesboro's police department.
Now, just last week, 3 city council members tried to fire Police Chief Augustus Palmer III.
Palmer has only been on the job about 4 months.
Council members say the chief was disrespectful but Palmer denies those allegations.
The mayor saved the chief's job in a tie breaking vote.
Late last week, Chief Palmer fired his deputy police chief.
Now, we've learned the Deputy Chief is appealing his firing.
Lodge says the allegations made against him were false, and says he will fight to win back his job.
In a career spanning more than 3 decades, Roosevelt Lodge has spent the last 2 years as Waynesboro's deputy police chief.
Now a week after being fired, Lodge has appealed his termination.
"He is very distressed, disappointed and angered. He is a servant of the community. That's what he wants to do," said attorney Scott Connell.
We looked into Deputy Roosevelt Lodge's personnel file and according to his termination letter, That termination letter also says he worked an unapproved secondary job at Shaw Properties and used his badge and uniform to intimidate renters. He's also accused of collecting rent payments at the police department while on the clock. The letter says he failed to cooperate during an internal investigation."
"He wasn't doing anything like using city resources in an appropriate fashion and anything he was doing with outside interest was done with the knowledge of the chief," said Connell.
Lodge says the police chief had a vendetta against him, and says he worked in a hostile environment.
Now the appeal is in the hands of the city manager who has 5 days to investigate and make a decision.
If he dismisses the appeal, Lodge can appeal to the city council and then have a hearing – now that process could take another month.
Lodge says he has never been fired and did not want to talk to us on camera because this is an on going investigation.
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