Former APD officers speak out about force - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Former APD officers speak out about force

David Hamilton David Hamilton
Earl Yearicks Earl Yearicks

August 13, 2003

Lee County - Two former Albany Police officers say bad leadership and low morale forced them to leave. "When you're steadily getting grinded down before you even hit the streets, it's hard to have a good attitude for the rest of the day," said former Patrolman David Hamilton.

Earl Yearicks and David Hamilton are among scores of police officers who've quit the department since Bobby Johnson became chief. More than 150 Albany Police officers have left the force since 1997. Yearicks and Hamilton say poor management is the reason they left. They took pay cuts to get away from the APD and headed north to Lee County, where both are now deputies with the Sheriff's Department.

"They people here are better to work with, and Lee County offers cheaper benefits. I also get a take home car," said Hamilton. On July 16, 2003, Hamilton resigned after two years with the APD. He just couldn't take the constant grief from superior officers."They have supervisors who are looking for things to write you up for and suspend you for. I just don't think that's right."

Tuesday, the retention rate at the APD came under fire from the City's Public Safety Committee. And, commissioners demanded to know why officers are leaving. "Five people, hired at the APD the same time I was, came here to the Lee County Sheriff's Department," said Hamilton.

Each week, the Lee County Sheriff Department receives several resumes from APD officers looking for a change. In fact, one landed on the Sheriff's desk Wednesday morning. "Everybody at APD was looking for someplace else to go, except for the officers who had to much time invested into the force," said Earl Yearicks.

Yearicks resigned from APD on July 22, 2003. And, he didn't sugar coat why we decided to quit in his resignation letter. "I wrote that I wanted to move on to somewhere of good morale and troop welfare."

Albany Police Chief Bobby Johnson said many officers leave because of low pay. But, Yearicks and Hamilton took pay cuts at their new jobs. "Once you consider the benefits, which cost me half as much now in Lee County, I come home with more money in my pocket despite the pay cut," said Hamilton.

"I was treated like a dog at APD, here they treat me lie a man," said Yearicks. The deputies now look forward to work. "My wife's even made comments that I'm in a better mood when I get home," said Hamilton.

Chief Johnson says the retention rate is no lower than other departments across Georgia.

Posted at 4:35M by kathryn.murchison@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Early Co. Fire Dept. concerned about trees uprooting due to weather

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:55:48 GMT
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)
    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area. (Source: WALB)

    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

    More >>

    Early County Fire Officials says they're prepared to respond to fallen trees in their area.  Saturation and projected high winds have officials concerned about trees uprooting.  

    More >>
  • Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Baker Co. concerned with dirt roads during subtropical storm

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:52:01 GMT
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)
    Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)Sherry Bailey, Baker County EMA Director said they have been working hard to make sure county dirt roads don't flood over. (Source: WALB)

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>

    South Georgia is full of dirt roads and in Baker County officials are concerned with the amounts of expected rainfall.  "Anytime we have a rain event, we are definitely concerned about people in the county being able to travel the dirt roads," said Sherry Bailey, Baker Co. Manager and EMA Director.   

    More >>
  • Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Early County prepared for flash flood watch

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:38:44 GMT
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)
    Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)Commissioner Jeffery Haynes said Early County is ready to respond in case weather get's worst. (Source: WALB)

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>

    County leaders Early County are keeping an eye on the flood watch...preparing for the worst.  The county's EMA Director has been watching the weather closely since Thursday in preparation for the storm.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly