Arnold residents worry about police chief's mental state

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 6:21 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Residents in a Jefferson County town are concerned about the police chief’s mental state after he claimed he suffered from depression and emotional distress.

Robert Shockey, the Arnold Police Chief, filed a lawsuit that said he suffered the depression due to harassment by a current city council member and a former city councilman.

Shockey said his job has never been affected by the harassment.

“My job has never suffered. It will never,” said Shockey, “And if it does, I’ll be the first to remove me from it.”

According to officials, earlier this year, the Arnold Parks Director accused a city councilman of harassment. Shockey then hired an outside investigator to look into the claim and the city then paid out a settlement to the Parks Director.

Authorities said the councilman filed a lawsuit against shockey and others, claiming the investigation was a sham.

Shockey responded with his own lawsuit that said the councilman and another former councilman harassed Shockey causing depression and emotional distress.

Those claims have worried Arnold residents like Wanda Zimmerly.

“If he has all these things wrong with him,” Zimmerly said, “Then he doesn’t need to be the chief of our police.”

But Shockey said there is no need for residents to worry and blames the questions about his mental state on politics.

“I truly believe that this is nothing but retaliation against me for my lawsuit,” said Shockey.

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