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Houston Weighs in on Shredding Controversy
Springfield Mayor Mike Houston is weighing in on recent controversy caused when the police chief ordered documents shredded after only four years.
The city's labor contract states officers' internal affairs documents will be kept for five years, but Chief Robert Williams recently signed a memorandum changing the time frame to four years.
Calvin Christian, who filed a FOIA request for the documents, is suing the city. The mayor said he thinks the controversy has roots with other officers.
"I think that probably this is a direct result of different factions within the Springfield Police Department that are attempting to discredit one person that they consider to be a candidate for chief of police," Houston said.
When asked if that one person is current Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher, Houston responded that he thinks that is very much the case. He said there are people within the police department who do not want to see Buscher promoted to chief when Williams retires.