Aurora police chief says officer fired for claiming unauthorized overtime pay

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said she has fired an officer for saying his supervisor authorized overtime pay after the supervisor told him he couldn’t put in for the time.

Wilson said Monday that she fired Officer Jordan Odneal, who put in for the pay on June 4 and 7 for completing an online training course. He indicated in the entries in the automated scheduling system that his supervisor gave the OK for the pay, according to a statement from the department.

But his supervisor told Odneal that the pay wasn’t authorized, Wilson said.

The Internal Affairs Bureau investigated the case, which was reviewed by a discipline review board and the Independent Review Board. The boards found the officer violated three department directives and recommended his termination.

Wilson said she fired Odneal on Friday after reviewing the case and the recommendations.

“On day one of our academy we instill in our officers the core values of duty, honor and integrity. Through our New Way plan, we have added the important pillar of accountability,” Wilson said. “Officer Odneal’s actions have diminished those values.”

Odneal joined the Aurora Police Department in 2011. His last assignment was as patrol officer. He can appeal his firing to the Aurora Civil Service Commission.

The Aurora Police Association didn’t return a request for comment.

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