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Leaving amidst controversy, gala thrown for Johnson

October 1, 2004

Albany- The send-off Chief Johnson received Friday day is a lot nicer than the one officers who will be fired in the coming weeks will get.

City officials, officers and close friends and family turned out for the reception at the Civic Center. Johnson did have an emotional moment is his good-bye speech, but did not mention the recent controversy at the department including violating the hiring procedures.

"The individuals there are hard working and dedicated individuals, in spite of incidents that happened, it should not dampen the officers spirts and it should not dampen the spirits of the citizens," he said.

Johnson began this fall teaching community relations in the criminal justice department at Albany State University.