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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]