Judge removed herself for police chief's appeal

By The Associated Press

GREENVILLE — Washington County Circuit Judge Margaret McCray will not preside over former Greenville Police Chief Charles Patterson’s appeal of his firing.

McCray had earlier recused herself from an earlier probable cause hearing for Patterson “due to relationships with members of her family.”

The Delta Democrat Times reports Circuit Judge Ashley Hines will handle the appeal.

The Greenville City Council fired Patterson earlier this month.

Patterson had been suspended in April allegedly allowing or directing officers to use city-owned patrol cars when working part-time as private security. Council members say that violated state law and, as a result, a city policy.