An arbitrator has ruled that the Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent meted out “retaliatory and excessive” discipline toward Officer Cory Smith. She’s also ruled that the chief retaliated against Sergeant Rob Burkhart. The ruling reinstates Burkhart as sergeant, and orders back pay for both officers.
“It will be two years in September since this case was argued in front of her. Never in my life have I seen such a delay by an arbitrator,” said Ken Afienko, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police.