The city council members, absent Sheila Oliver and Brad Groce, went into closed session for deliberations at 7:45 p.m. When they returned around 8:30 p.m., Councilman Freddie Norris, who is chairman of the Public Safety Committee, announced the finding of fact and what the punishment will be, and the vote to accept those was unanimous among the members present. The mayor, who only votes in the event of a tie and who served as the hearing officer, was not part of the deliberations.
After the announcement, audience applause filled the City Council Chambers where the hearing took place. Several of those expressing appreciation for his keeping his job were members of Barton's family, including his mother, stepfather, sister, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Norris had no further comment after the meeting.
Rogers said that everyone at the hearing did their jobs, “what they should have done.”
“The council felt some type of discipline was appropriate, obviously since they found him guilty on all three charges,” the city attorney said. “It's their job to decide what was appropriate and they did that.”
Trautman said, “We just followed the process that's required of us for a disciplinary hearing and the council made their ruling.”
With a smiling Jessie Barton standing next to him, Simpson said, “We're very happy that we got a fair hearing in front of the city council. Sgt. Barton looks forward to going back to work and doing what he does best, which is being one of the best police officers the city of Glasgow has ever had.”
Barton had said during his testimony that if he were returned to duty, he wouldn't hold any grudges, and he hoped everyone could move forward, which Simpson echoed after everything concluded.
“There was a lot of dirty laundry aired about the chief tonight, so of course there's some concern about retaliation,” Simpson said.