Tupelo Approves Sick Day Donations For Injured Officer

Officer Joseph Maher

(Tupelo, MS) The Tupelo City Council unanimously approved sick day donations for the officer injured in a shooting on December 23rd, according to the City of Tupelo spokesperson.

Tupelo police banded together to make sure fellow officer Joseph Maher gets the time off he needs to recover from the shooting.

They asked the city council to allow them to donate their sick time.

Maher is out of the hospital and recovering at home after being one of two officers shot during a bank robbery last month.

Sgt. Gale Stauffer was shot and killed.

Tupelo’s police chief says the Maher, a five-year veteran, doesn’t have enough sick leave to remain on leave for the time it will take to recover.

Other officers wanted to give Maher some of their sick days.

8 comments

  • TaylorSwiftFan

    You would think that if he were injured in the line of duty, time off would be unlimited until he could perform normally as a law enforcement officer.
    Shame on you City of Tupelo!!!!!

  • Linda

    i BELIVE THE OTHER OFFICERS SHOULD BE REWARDED TO DO THIS FOR THERE BROTHER IN ARMS. iF HE CAN’T SIT BEHIND A DESK AND WORK HE WONT BE ABLE TO WORK ANYWHERE SO HELP HIM OUT.i’M SO GLAD HE SURVIVED AND i KNOW HE WILL GO THRU HELL AND BACK BEFORE HE IS BACK BUT JUST REMEMBER YOU HAVE OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT STAND RIGHT WITH YOU.

  • James Jones

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    What a sad story? Why should an officer shot in the line of duty need to have sick days donated? No public servant injured in the line of duty should have his pay stopped because the lack of accrued sick days.

  • Lena

    Tupelo ms is the is a low down officer maher risked his life for us let him take all the time he needs. And still pay him. People wonder y the economy is like it is look how they do people….. Praying for the familys

  • Audrea

    FYI “Maher is receiving workman’s compensation benefits, but those pay only about 66 percent of his salary. To bridge the gap, city employees will donate leave time, which will kick in once Maher uses all his leave time, according to the mayor.

    Other options from the state also are being explored, the mayor said.

    Workman’s compensation will take care of all of Maher’s medical bills, Shelton said.

    State law specifically states that public employees may be granted administrative leave with pay, but defines that administrative leave as discretionary, “other than personal leave or major medical leave.”

    Putting Maher on administrative leave, then, is not allowed by the state law, Shelton pointed out.

    City officials are searching for ways to change the law, especially involving officers injured in the line of duty. Shelton said he spoke to state Rep. Steve Holland about the issue.”

  • jb

    You all are looking from the outside in..The Department still has a business to run and have procedures to follow..all officers know the procedure even in these tough situations.

  • Ricky

    I myself was a public worker and hurt on the job. Yes workers comp kicks in after 2 weeks of not being able to work and then it’s only part of your salary. But what a lot of people are not understanding the cost in gas and other things that going and coming from dr appointments add up to that isn’t covered . Yes it will pay some of it but it doesn’t come close to covering the whole cost. . I would love to see a benefit given for this brave young man and his family . Come on tupelo this man was willing to pay the ultimate price to protect you !!! Let’s see how much you all can show him what he done wasn’t in vain. .

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