City Considers Under Fire Police Chief’s Fate

BLAKESBURG, Iowa — The City of Blakesburg is a community divided. The reason, a security video was taken in City Hall in April showing police chief Bob Lewis drawing his gun and pointing it in the direction of a city council member.

Then, last week, he pulled his gun again in a crowded city council meeting to show city leaders that, while it was loaded, there was no round in the chamber.

City council met Wednesday, but decided not to act on any type of discipline yet.

In this town of less than 300-people, it seems  everyone has an opinion on this. “I see both sides on that,” said Mayor Jason Myers. “And that’s why it’s such a tough decision to make because I understand what people are thinking as far as needing to get rid of him. But I also understand the other side where, you know, it’s small town politics.”

City council members will spend the next couple of weeks deciding the chief’s fate. The chief did not respond to our request for an interview.

6 comments

  • Steve-in-Iowa

    Isn’t brandishing a firearm against state law? Then there’s something about threatening use of a firearm, and aggravated assault with a firearm, blah, blah, blah. I can guarantee that if this was any of us regular folks doing this the chief here would throw the book at us, lock us in a cage over the weekend and tell us how good we have it. Badges don’t grant extra rights.

  • Kay

    So the Mayor of this town promotes bullying and intimidation? I suppose if this was a story about kids being bullied in school then his logical reasoning would be, ‘Small Town Schools’. Here’s an idea, Mayor, and fellow city council members. Instead of trying to ‘reason’ it out, do the responsible thing for your community and get this loaded weapon out of whatever community you have.

  • Nicholas Gile-Petefish

    Steve-In-Iowa, i believe you are absolutely correct. Brandishing a weapon is against Iowa Law. It shouldnt matter if it was a licensed carrier or not, in this case a police officer. And Kay, it does most certainly sould like somebody is a bit too big for his britches. Bullying is exactly what this police chief is promoting, whether intentionally or not. Sounds like “ole boy” should find a new place to live and/or work.

  • rick knapp

    I known this man as a friend and a coworker u couldn’t ask for a more hard working careing loveing man and a great father I would trust my life with him I stand behind him 100% he didn’t mean anything bad he is a teacher he loves to teach people how to handle stuff the right way give him a mother chance

  • Kip

    Ive known Bob for a long time and he is a great person. I dont feel he deserves to lose his job over this. City of Blakesburg: Be careful what you wish for. You may end up with someone that really doesnt care. I assure you that Bob Lewis has your best interest and will keep your town safe.

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