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 […]

City denies GPD racial discrimination allegation in “strongest possible terms”

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Two former officers of the Griffin Police Department – Dwayne Jones and Terry Brock – have retained legal counsel and allege city officials wrongfully terminated their employment based on racial discrimination. Both long-term employees of the city of Griffin, their employment was terminated Jan. 31 as part of the GPD restructuring recommended […]

Attorney on GPD restructuring: the only men left standing were black

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: Attorneys representing two former officers of the Griffin Police Department have issued a letter of demand to city officials, alleging the recent GPD restructuring illegally resulted in their clients’ termination of employment based on racial discrimination. The Grip has obtained a copy of the letter submitted to City Manager Kenny Smith from […]

Projected savings of Police Department restructuring examined

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department restructuring plan proposed by City Manager Kenny Smith as a cost-saving measure has been approved by the Board of Commissioners.   The plan, which calls for the elimination of several high-ranking officers’ positions, has sparked citizen outrage and outspoken commentary, with many wondering whether the savings justify the […]

Griffin PD restructuring plan approved by 6-1 vote

SHEILA MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department restructuring plan proposed by City Manager Kenny Smith was on Tuesday approved by the Board of Commissioners. Outgoing Commissioner Shaheer Beyah was the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Ryan McLemore requested discussion on the proposal, and that began with Smith laying out his plan. As he had previously stated, […]