Controvery surrounds Glendale cop who became temporary Ferguson Chief

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There are new developments involving a former Glendale Police Officer who recently became the interim Police Chief of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.
 
A new online report is raising questions about Chief Andre Anderson's record while he was an officer in the Valley.
 
Anderson took a six-month leave of absence from the Glendale Police Department in July to become the interim Chief in Ferguson. The reports show he was suspended from the Glendale Police Department three times in less than a year, this has raised questions of how he still has a job as an officer.
 
"I believe I am the right person for this particular job," said Andre Anderson.
 
Anderson spoke out after accepting the job as interim police chief in Ferguson in July.
 
"My first plan of action is to simply build trust, to develop community policing in this area, with exception," said Anderson.
 
The 50-year-old chief is now in hot water after concerns were raised about his record. 
 
Vocative, an internet site, obtained the personnel records for Anderson under a Freedom of Information Act Request. It shows that he was suspended without pay for two days in December of 1996, eight days in July and August of 1997, and two days in September of 1997.
 
No reasons were given for the 1997 suspensions, the 1996 suspensions occurred while Anderson was working undercover with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. A review showed he was conducting personal business on city time and falsifying documents.
 
It also reported that he was served a restraining order by a woman who claimed he struck her in the face in 1996.
 
The City of Ferguson is standing by Anderson saying, "The allegations regarding Chief Anderson allegedly striking a woman are more than 15-years-old. They were unfounded, and thus never led into criminal charges being filed."
 
Anderson remains employed by the Glendale Police Department. He is using vacation time, then unpaid leave through January. He was promoted several times in Glendale and since the 90's has had strong favorable reviews.
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