City of Griffin and City Manager Kenny Smith sued for alleged civil rights violations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin and City Manager Kenny Smith have been served with a civil lawsuit alleging the civil rights of two former employees were violated. The suit pertains to the 2014 restructuring of the Griffin Police Department which resulted in the elimination of two positions – those of Maj. Terry […]

Griffin city manager to name new GPD chief this week

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith has selected a candidate to head up the Griffin Police Department and said he will release a formal statement naming the new chief-of-police this week. “I’m in the process of naming a chief. If not tomorrow, then Thursday,” Smith said. “It will probably be Thursday.” Upon the […]

Deeper PD cuts were suggested by other municipalities’ chiefs

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: With the recent restructuring of the Griffin Police Department, manpower needs have come to the forefront of discussions among residents, but local officials have been considering the issue for a number of years. Determination of manpower needs Prior to the restructuring, City Manager Kenny Smith provided commissioners with data comparing Griffin’s […]

Griffin Police: Departmental culture, ineffectiveness cited as significant issues necessitating restructuring

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Ineffectiveness at the Griffin Police Department – this is what some Griffin commissioners are now citing as the driving force behind their support of a proposed restructuring plan that is scheduled to be voted upon at 6 p.m. Tuesday. “It’s not so much about immediate savings; it’s future savings. It’s about the […]

Griffin, McDonough officials disagree on PD comparison

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: In determining the need of a Police Department restructuring plan that includes the elimination of several positions and the addition of one Code Enforcement officer, Griffin City Manager Kenny Smith said he has compared the law enforcement budgets of other municipalities with populations comparable to Griffin’s such as Newnan, LaGrange, Forest Park […]