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Albany city leaders hold employees accountable

September 14, 2007

Albany-  One Albany Police officer was fired another resigned before he could be fired after city leaders say both violated their oath of office.

One officer admitted he had sex with a prostitute while he was supposed to be patrolling the streets protecting you.

The other posted inappropriate material on a web page. City leaders say they won't tolerate a lack of integrity from employees.

Honesty, integrity, and higher standards, it's what a community expects from city employees especially public safety, so when two Albany Police officers recently violated their oaths of office, city leaders took action.

"We have to be hard and sometimes shrewd but when we do that we're protecting the citizens who expect and demand high standards from our police officers," said Albany City Manager Alfred Lott.

One officer had sex in his APD patrol car while on duty.

"One officer made a decision and had an inappropriate relationship with a prostitute and resigned," said Lott.

The incident with Corporal Steven Medlock took place two years ago. The allegations recently came to light, and he resigned September seventh instead of being terminated.

When District Attorney Ken Hodges was alerted about questionable material on Albany Recruit Officer John Mucci's MySpace page, he turned it over to Chief Younger who instructed a division commander to council Mucci. Mucci was instructed to remove the material, but when he left an inappropriate image on the account and added another he was dismissed.

"This particular officer had a picture of himself in uniform with some comments on there that basically suggested he was above the law and also had some comments on there that insinuated that he drank heavily and was possibly using some narcotics," said District Attorney Ken Hodges.

The city manager says he's not just keeping an eye on the cops.

"There was one of our 911 operators, caught and charged with stealing, that person no longer work for us anymore. We simply can't have that sort of performance from people that are held to a higher standard and people who take oaths to do their job," said Lott.

Leaders don't want a few people who've made bad decisions to take away from the officers and employees who do work hard.

"It gives the organization integrity and people can depend on them to be honest," said Lott.

In the future, they hope anyone who sees an employee who isn't meeting the city's standards will bring it to a manager's attention.

APD is putting greater emphasis on integrity as they recruit new officers. Chief James Younger is contacting colleges looking for criminal justice, sociology, and psychology majors about considering jobs on the police force.

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