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05-14-09, 08:20 PM #1
Blue Jeans Get Police Chief Suspended
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Some citizens in the city of Jonesboro have accused the police chief of looking like a cowboy.That’s why Mayor Luther Maddox said he wants Chief Brad Johnson to wear a uniform, instead of blue jeans and boots on the job.At a hearing Wednesday, Johnson appealed a suspension imposed by Maddox after refusing to give up his jeans.Maddox said he had no choice but to suspend Johnson for 5 days for insubordination.Johnson’s attorney argued that Maddox never ordered his client to stop wearing jeans.“Did you tell him to quit wearing the blue jeans?” asked Johnson's attorney.Maddox replied, “I did not tell him to quit wearing the blue jeans. I did tell him that blue jeans are not professional attire.”Johnson was back at work Wednesday, but sought to have the suspension removed from his record and back pay.The Jonesboro City Council deliberated and decided to cut the suspension in half to 2 1/2 days.Johnson said he will begin wearing a uniform.
05-14-09, 08:47 PM #2
The chief draws his inspiration for his "uniform" from an unconventional source:
Be kind, be courteous . . .
and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
05-14-09, 08:48 PM #3Officer First ClassVerified LEO
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Blue jeans didn't get him suspended. His decision to continue wearing them did.
The problem with the suspension was that he wasn't clearly ordered not to wear them or the policy in and of itself was not clear.
05-14-09, 08:51 PM #4
What a worthless, stupid battle to fight. I wonder if he's that interested in pay raises and retirement health care for the troops?That which does not kill me, better start fucking running.
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05-14-09, 09:04 PM #5
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05-15-09, 05:26 AM #6
I live in Jonesboro. The Mayor is a tool. I stand with the Chief, he is a good guy.dlefdal said:
Ummmm, what if I don't like thumbs in my butt?
05-15-09, 05:47 AM #7
It's not mentioned in the article, but it sounds like there is something more than just a uniform issue between the mayor and the Chief. In any event, I'll side with the cop over the politician.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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Sounds like the mayor doesn't like the chief and is building the plank for the chief to be walked on to and booted off of.
Our chief often wears blue jeans on dress down fridays or when he's cleaning the station, sorting records and whatnot. Of course, the mayor and council like him and it's no big deal. But the chief also wears his blues or a suit, depending on the day's events.
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