GPD Berkholz wins appeal

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Berkholz (top) with Attorney Bill Goode

Gonzales Police Department Officer Troy Berkholz won an appeal from the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board on Wednesday, April 5.

Berkholz was suspended for three days with no pay February 7, 8 and 12 for breaking Policy 190, which as of December 4, 2014 states: "Members shall not cause dissension within this department. Rumors, untruths and defamation will not be tolerated."

According to Berkholz, he is the first to receive disciplinary action of this type for filing a complaint against another officer. The board found that Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson, however, did not follow the proper procedures stated in the Police Officer's Bill of rights.

Jackson is 0-2 in the past month with appeals heard by the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. He declined to comment.

"I'm pleased that it happened the right way," Attorney William Goode of Lafayette said. "The Police Officer's Bill of Rights is extremely important to protect our officers. I think we'd have won on the merits if we hadn't won on the motion. Officer Berkholz is a great guy and a great officer, so I'm very pleased."