Fired Wamego Police Chief files appeal to termination, after city does not respond

13 NEWS at 10 p.m.
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 9:28 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Former Wamego Police Chief Michael Baker filed a grievance with the city on Friday June 24th., over his firing.

After the City of Wamego did not respond within the three day notice, Baker told 13 NEWS that he is filing an appeal to the termination on Monday, June 27th.

Baker says the city will have three days to respond to the appeal to the termination.

Wamego City Manager Stacie Eichem fired Baker Wednesday. She had informed by letter June 14 that he was suspended for one week. The two were supposed to meet Monday, June 20 about his reinstatement. Instead, Baker said he showed up and was told the meeting was postponed to Wednesday.

At the Wamego City Commission meeting Tuesday night, dozens of people packed the room to support Baker, Baker and his wife also addressed the body.

The next morning, Baker said he was given a letter, telling him his employment with the city was over.

Baker said the letter stated the reasons as insubordination, inability to get along with fellow employees, and conduct unbecoming a city employee. However, Baker said he has not been told any specifics as to what he supposedly did wrong.

In an interview Wednesday with 13 NEWS, Baker thanked the community for their support.

13 NEWS has tried to speak to Eichem as the situation has unfolded over the past two weeks, but she has declined comment.

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