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Board members question school officer suspension cut

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Some Dougherty County School Board members are disappointed that Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree reduced the suspension of a School Police Officer.

In April School Police Chief Troy Conley recommended that Officer Keith Frazier be fired for not telling the Chief about two possibly gang related incidents at Merry Acres Middle School.

The School Board did not approve the firing, and then Superintendent Dr. Sally Whatley suspended Frazier 35 days. When he took control, Dr. Murfree reduced that suspension to 15 days.

School Board Member Emily Jean McAfee said the board should have backed Chief Conley's decision.  

"Protocol and procedures. If their team members and those officers we have protecting our children aren't following them, I'm not sure that person needs to continue to work for the school system," said McAfee.

Frazier returned to work August 3rd. Chief Conley declined to comment.

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