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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two Albany police officers are fired by city manager Al Lott. Both had been suspended, Now they're off the force. One was accused of sexual misconduct with a prostitute while on duty. The other, had a protective order served on him for stalking a fellow employee.

Together, the two officers had about nine years experience. Bert Jones started in 2002. Richard Williams in 2007. But now, they're both off the force.

Police officers swear to serve and protect and uphold the law, so city leaders consider it especially egregious when they commit an unethical act, especially one that's also against the law.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said, "We expect all of our officers and of course, all of our city staffers to stand up to the highest possible scrutiny, we expect them to follow the laws and rules and regulations and particularly those in public safety."

That's why City Manager Alfred Lott, ultimately decided to fire Patrol officer Richard Williams and Corporal Bert Jones. "Each of the two had violated specific clauses," said Smith.  "One had actually violated the law itself, having been in uniform, on the job with a prostitute in the car. Clearly, that's against the law, number one, unethical, etc. and that kind of obviously it's going to result in a termination."

Jones was accused of the act involving the prostitute. Williams, of stalking APD media manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley.

"One of the main reasons Williams was fired is that allowing him to work at the Law enforcement center would violate a court order. He's been ordered to stay 500 feet away from the Law enforcement center since the woman he's accused of stalking is a co-worker."

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith says officers must be held to the highest levels of scrutiny.

Smith said, "They're not really allowed a mistake. They must be crystal clear. They've got to be able to have integrity in front of a judge and juries and that's something we're certainly going to stand on."

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