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December 5, 2007

Poulan-  The Poulan Police Chief is suspended with pay for running a criminal background check on a city councilman.  Chief Angie Schlosser says she was unfairly suspended and she plans to appeal.

Schlosser is on administrative leave for performing a background check without a legitimate reason on councilman Van Jones. City attorney Tommy Coleman says the chief ran the check October 10th claiming Jones applied for a job as a police officer even though he did not apply for a job.

Criminal background checks can only be done as part of a criminal investigation or pre-employment screening.

Wednesday night, Schlosser told WALB she was just doing her job.

"I felt it was my duty to follow up on several complaints that I received from citizens in Poulan and by doing so ran a criminal history background check. Then I discovered there was an item of concern. I presented the findings to my superiors. Under no circumstances was any information disclosed to anyone else," said Schlosser.

The city council plans to meet and discuss the issue Thursday evening at 5:00.

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