During the hearing, Barga stated that “she was probably argumentative (during meetings with the mayor), but provoked by the mayor” and that she thought the mayor’s conduct and directives given to her were “not reasonable and lawful,” the complaint stated.
At the public hearing on Nov. 23, council voted 4-2 to uphold the termination charges of the removal of Barga.
Out of the charges Cook alleged against Barga, council voted to uphold insubordination, failure to attend meetings and inappropriate use of leave. The vote was tied on the neglect of duty to provide updates on police department activity and schedules charge. Councid did not uphold the required working hours charge, according to village documents.
At the meeting on Dec. 7, Mayor Cook announced that Barga has filed an appeal with the Champaign County Common Pleas Court, village documents stated.
Cook has since posted the job for a new police chief.