Aledo council doesn’t rehire Sponsler

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Aledo City Council failed to rehire its former police chief, J. Michael Sponsler, at the group’s May 17 meeting.

The council’s chambers were full of members of the general public interested in the outcome.

A petition calling for Sponsler to be rehired has been circulating throughout the city. It was submitted to the council with 700 signatures. 

The vote was 4-4 not to rehire with Mayor along with council members Tab Balmer, Rich Maynard and Robert Rillie voting against the rehire.

The motion to rehire Sponsler was put before the council by Alderman Barry Cooper and seconded by Alderman Terry Bewley. Cooper, Bewley, Randy Mattson and Mike Baugher voted to rehire Sponsler.

The Times Record website,, has been running a poll concerning Sponsler’s contract. Eighty-eight percent of the 168 people who have voted believed the contract should have been renewed.

The council agreed to hire Terry Dove on an interim basis as the city’s police chief.