City of Griffin out more than $800,000 in alleged fraud; FBI investigating

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin has lost $802,499.29 in two separate online transactions that officials say were fraudulent. Griffin Police Department Master Patrol Officer Chip Johns on Friday, June 28, responded to city offices located at 100 S. Hill St., where he met Chuck Olmstead, an official of the Finance Department. “He […]

Media shut out by GPD Chief Yates now subject of IA investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: In response to unequal restrictions and demands invoked against The GRIP by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, Publisher Sheila Mathews met with Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith in an effort to reach a resolution that would facilitate an impartial professional relationship. The basis of this meeting was the structure of […]

Griffin Board of Commissioners to vote on retirement plan tonight

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners will on Tuesday, Nov. 28, determine whether it will establish a retirement plan for individuals elected or appointed to serve on that governing body. According to Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith, the retirement plan for commissioners has been in under consideration for some time. […]

City of Griffin releases records to The GRIP after seven-month dispute

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After refusing since Feb. 3 to produce certain personnel records sought in an Open Records request submitted by The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews, the city of Griffin on Sept. 1 reversed that long held decision and released the exempted documents. At the crux of the dispute were the pre-employment computer voice […]

GPD officer forfeited appeal of disciplinary action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After reporting on the Griffin Police Department’s Internal Affairs administrative investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock, which resulted in both officers being demoted one rank, and Keys being the subject of a GBI criminal investigation, The GRIP was alerted that pertinent information had been omitted. The GRIP then notified the […]

GPD: Chief’s IA investigation concludes Keys, Hancock falsified multiple records, violated oath of office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department Internal Affairs investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock substantiated both officers falsified multiple official records and violated their oath of office pertaining to the agency’s Off Duty/Extra Duty Job Policy. This information was obtained subsequent to an Open Records request submitted to the city of Griffin […]

Irma roars through Griffin-Spalding County causing significant damage

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Tropical Storm Irma stormed through Griffin-Spalding County, leaving in her wake much property damage and thousands of homes and businesses without electricity. Widespread damage has been reported throughout the city of Griffin and Spalding County. Much of the damage appears to have been caused by fallen trees toppled by strong winds. […]

City increases yard waste fee, provides consumer protection

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved changes to the city’s yard waste collection service that includes a price increase to $8.75 per month, while also now providing a measure of consumer protection. The service will continue to be provided by Dependable Waste out of Pike County. “We’re basically just amending […]

City, county officials support five year, one cent TSPLOST

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: City of Griffin and Spalding County officials are working to move forward with a 2017 TSPLOST referendum. According to representatives of both city and county government, it is needed to address longstanding and urgent transportation needs. “There’s not enough money for transportation. We put transportation in the current SPLOST, but it’s […]

Federal racial discrimination lawsuit against city of Griffin, City Manager Kenny Smith closed

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A federal racial discrimination law suit filed Jan. 9, 2015, by Dwayne Jones and Terry Brock against the city of Griffin and Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith is under appeal after a summary judgment was issued after the court determined the plaintiffs “failed to establish a genuine issue of material fact […]

Two Griffin police officers terminated over Facebook comments

STAFF  REPORT :: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith, in keeping with the recommendation of Police Chief Mike Yates, has terminated Bryan Jones and Stacy Beckom, both formerly master patrol officers with the Griffin Police Department. A press released issued by the city stated, “The city of Griffin takes pride in its reputation for providing a […]

City of Griffin now prohibits aggressive panhandling

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling. As specified in the ordinance,“solicitations for immediate donations of cash, food or other things of value in an aggressive manner” is now a criminal offense in Griffin. City officials made clear this ordinance is in response to […]

City manager discusses GPD chief hiring process

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Following the Nov. 21 res­ignation of Steve Heaton, who served as chief of the Griffin Police Department since April 2014, Capt. Ho­mer Daniel, as the senior commanding officer, has been named interim chief. Griffin City Manager Ken­ny Smith said Daniel will hold that position until the hiring process has been completed, […]