Truman Hires Back Officer 21 Mar 12

The Truman City Council on Monday agreed to reinstate a police officer that had been put on administrative leave for more than a year, and several councilors apologized for their part in the incident. Mike Schutz was hired as a full-time Truman police officer in 2005, but the national guard reservist was then deployed to Kuwait in 2009. When Schutz returned to work in Truman, he was informed his hours would be reduced to part-time. Within a month of Schutz’s filing a complaint under the veterans reemployment act, he was notified of an “Allegation of Misconduct,” in which he was accused of claiming 3.5 hours more time on his time card than he actually worked. He was then placed on administrative leave. An investigation found less than 2 hours of inaccuracies on his time cards, however, amounting to a total of $25. The Truman City Council agreed to hire Schutz back on full-time on Monday. A “claim of retaliation” that he filed against the city is still pending.