There are still many unanswered questions in the case of former Columbia Police Officer Rob Sanders.
As KRCG 13 reported, a judge ruled Sanders was not guilty of assault for pushing inmate Ken Baker into a concrete holding cell in August of 2011.
Now that heâ??s been cleared of criminal charges, Sanders wants his job back.
Police Chief Ken Burton fired Sanders for not following police policy. A judge ruled Sanders was not in violation of the law or police procedures.
Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes appointed a Personnel Advisory Board for situations like the Sandersâ?? case. Matthes has the option of going through a personnel advisory board or asking Sanders to come back to work immediately.
Matthes said, â??The reason we have this board is precisely the two heads are better than one thinking. These are human resources professionals from other parts of our world. They are outside of our organization.â??
Moments after his acquittal, Sanders said he was confident city leaders would let him back on the force.
Sanders said, â??I did what I was supposed to do. That will be proven. It will be proven in a public forum through the personnel advisory board. The same result will happen there.â??
Sanders said he was justified in pushing inmate Ken Baker. If he was in the same situation, Sanders said he would do the same thing again.
Matthes does not know when Sanders will face the Personnel Advisory Board. Police Chief Ken Burton and Sandersâ?? Attorney Scott Jansen did not want to give a comment for this story.
Sanders claims the city owes him 2 years in back pay and benefits.
Sanders served as a Columbia police officer for 18 years.