BoC vote and contract to conduct Griffin PD operational assessment cloaked in secrecy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize an operational assessment of the Griffin Police Department. The vote authorizing City Attorney Drew Whalen to move forward with a contract for this assessment was taken during the BoC’s Nov. 22 meeting. All discussion about the operational assessment and the vote authorizing […]

EEOC: Sheriff Beam was aware of sexually hostile work environment, failed to take corrective action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its investigation into complaints filed by five female employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and released its findings regarding allegations against David Gibson, former captain of the Uniform Patrol Division, and Sheriff Wendell Beam, both of whom are being sued in their […]

Fifth SCSO employee announces intent to sue in Gibson case

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A fifth employee of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office has served anti-litem notice she intends to sue Sheriff Wendell Beam and David Gibson, formerly the captain of the SCSO Uniform Patrol Division. Melanie Bowen joins four additional female SCSO employees – Jessica Kelley, Kimberley Barnett, Karen Law and Misty Piper in […]

Sheriff Wendell Beam, David Gibson served notice of lawsuit; $8 million in damages estimated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – Karen Law, Kimberly Barnett, Jessica Kelley and Misty Piper – have met a statutory requirement by serving legal notice of their intent to sue former SCSO employee David Gibson and Sheriff Wendell Beam, each in their individual and official capacities. Local officials […]

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 […]

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 […]