Aurora Police Sgt. Joshua Daugherty was named acting Aurora police chief Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 18, by Aurora Mayor Donnie Hastings. The action followed an Aurora Board of Works meeting at which members voted to issue a copy of the statutory notice to Aurora Police Chief Bryan Fields, notifying him of potential suspension or dismissal, according to city attorney Jeff Stratman.
Fields was charged earlier in the week with domestic battery and two counts of battery with bodily injury, all Class A misdemeanors. The notice informs Fields the BOW is considering suspending him without pay for five days or more, or dismissing him, said Stratman. Should Fields request a hearing, a tentative date of Jan. 9 at 8:30 a.m. has been set. If he doesn't request a hearing, a BOW meeting to determine his status is tentatively set for 3 p.m. Dec. 26, said Stratman.