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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A county police lieutenant who allegedly was paid for security work while on duty for the department has been fired.

Norman R. Campbell, 44, of Florissant, has worked for the department for 20 years, and had been the commander of the Dellwood detail since July 2013.

An investigation determined he did security work while also being paid to perform his police duties, authorities said. That allegation lead to a felony count of stealing in March.

Campbell was fired Jan. 21.

His attorney, Neil Bruntrager, said he and his client plan to appeal the department’s decision and declined to answer any further questions.

It will be the second termination to go before the Board of Police Commissioners in what’s known as a police board trial in the past two years.

St. Louis County police Sgt. Brian Schellman said the department would have no comment on Campbell’s termination because it is a personnel matter.

When charges against Campbell were first announced, the department issued a prepared statement in which department officials said Campbell worked security for the Dirt Cheap Co. from Jan. 10, 2014, to Feb. 5, 2015. Police said Campbell worked for Dirt Cheap while also performing police duties on 47 separate occasions.

Police put the value of the theft at $5,899.78.

Campbell had been suspended from the department without pay until his termination.

Authorities said they discovered the alleged theft while conducting a separate internal investigation of Campbell but provided no details of that investigation.

Bruntrager characterized the investigation as a “misunderstanding.”

Bruntrager said that command rank officers don’t work a strict 40-hour week, and instead of overtime pay receive “flex time” to use as they see fit. So, he said, such an officer might work 12 hours one day and four the next.

“We think they are incorrect about this and had he been given the opportunity to explain, we think this could have been resolved, but they leapt to conclusions that are not supported by the evidence,” Bruntrager said.

See original article on stltoday.com.