Sandy March
Sandy March

February 19, 2018

A longtime Carroll police officer was fired for insubordination in January after she violated department policy several times.

Sandy March, a patrol officer of more than 18 years, was reprimanded along with another officer on Jan. 10 for failing to tell residents to remove snow from their sidewalks.

The most recent (standard operating procedures) violation clearly violated the agreements that you had agreed upon through disciplinary memos in 2017,” Police Chief Brad Burke later wrote to March. “Due to these violations, your employment with the Carroll Police Department is being terminated.”

The Daily Times Herald obtained Burke’s letter from the city, which is obligated by Iowa law to reveal the reasons for its employees’ terminations.

March had entered into a “last chance agreement” in February 2017 in which she pledged to not violate any more department policies, according to Burke’s letter. It’s unclear what violations led to that agreement.

In May, March arrived late for a shift and was suspended for 30 days, the letter says. When she returned to work in July, the last-chance probationary period was extended one year.

On Jan. 2 and 3, a police sergeant and Burke sent messages to March to assist with sidewalk snow removal enforcement.

“No action was taken by Ms. March to complete the order,” City Manager Mike Pogge-Weaver told the Times Herald.

She was fired Jan. 16.

March has appealed her termination to the city’s Civic Service Commission, which is set to hold a hearing on the matter on Tuesday.

She can further appeal her firing to district court if the commission upholds it.

March could not be reached to comment for this article.