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Shooting delays announcement about APD Chief

September 21, 2004

Albany - Tuesday's shooting is delaying an announcement concerning the Albany Police Chief. Monday, Chief Bobby Johnson gave the City Manager a letter requesting an early retirement effective January 1, 2005. The decision came after a panel found he violated police hiring practices.

The City Manager said she would give an update on possibly when Chief Johnson would start his retirement. But, that announcement won't come until at least Wednesday.

City commissioners didn't bring up the news of Chief Johnson's retirement during the regular meeting Tuesday morning. However at the end of the meeting, the commissioners called for a vote to go into executive session.

The media and others were sent out of the room, so commissioners could discuss unspecified personnel matters during the closed door session. Outside the room, we could hear commissioners talking loudly. The subject, of course, Chief Johnson. One commissioner was heard saying the city shouldn't allow Johnson to stay on board until January.

The Chief came under fire after 7 officers were arrested in 6 months, and a review showed Johnson broke rules to hire at least one of those officers.

Two hours after the executive session began, the media was called back into the room expecting news of how much longer Johnson will be able to work. Instead, the meeting was quickly closed with no announcement. The commissioners weren't talking and neither was the City Manager.

Janice Allen Jackson said she needed to talk with the Chief and would send the media a statement about the her decision regarding Johnson's job. Now, a shooting involving one of Johnson's APD officer is delaying the City Manager's announcement about the Chief's future with the department.

Posted at 7:00PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com

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