NASHVILLE -- The recently fired police chief has asked the Nashville City Council for a hearing in order to appeal its decision.

Chief Jerry Lipsey and City Manager Timothy Hill were dismissed by Council during a called meeting Tuesday.

A statement released by City Council members stated they had "concerns regarding issues of management of the City and its departments."

This was addressed during the called meeting.

"As a result of the meeting, the City Manager was asked to address these problems according to the instructions of the Council," the statement said. "Mr. Hill refused to act on the unanimous decision of the Council, and he was dismissed as City Manager effective the close of business on Jan. 6, 2004. The Chief of Police was dismissed pending his appeal under the grievance procedure. An interim Chief has been appointed temporarily to assume duties of the Chief of Police."

Hill does not have much to say about his termination other than he works at the pleasure of Council and was asked to leave.

"The City Council and I disagreed on a management decision," Hill said. "As a result, I was dismissed."

Hill has a contract with City Council that includes a severance package which he anticipates will be forthcoming.

While Hill tendered his resignation immediately, Lipsey has asked to be heard in accordance with the city charter.

"I don't really have a comment at this time," Lipsey said Thursday.

"All I want is the opportunity to appear before Council and try to correct any problem."

Chief Marvin Barker will serve in the interim. He has been with the Nashville Police Department for five years.

City Councilman Bill Turner said a regular meeting of City Council will be Monday at 7 p.m., but the date for Lipsey's appeal has not been set.

Mayor Connie Perry was not available for comment by press time.

To contact Tanya B. O'Berry, call 244-3400, ext. 239.

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