Dawson officer appeals suspension

Dawson officer appeals suspension
Tommy Coleman
Tommy Coleman

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - Officer Leon Mitchell was suspended late last month for 30 days without pay for off duty conduct. The suspension began November 1st.

In a letter to Mitchell, Chief Charlie Whitehead, says Mitchell was found passed out in his car around 2:00 am on September 21st.

Whitehead stated his conduct violated their policies and procedures.

"They can discipline employees for all kinds of reasons or for no reason at all. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but employees in Georgia are generally at will employees," said City Attorney Tommy Coleman.

Here is the memo from Charlie C. Whitehead, Jr. ­ Public Safety Director-

Date: October 29, 2014
RE: Suspension without pay

On October l, 2014, you appeared before a Disciplinary Review Board The purpose of the activating Board was to examine off duty conduct by you on September 21, 2014, at approximately 0205 hours where Lieutenant Colwell spotted you passed out in your vehicle on College Street in the City of Dawson. 

Your conduct on the referred date and time is a direct violation of our policies and procedures and this kind of action is not tolerated and therefore, you are suspended without pay for 30 consecutive days. Your suspension shalt take place on the days of November 1-30. Any further misconduct could result in your termination. 

You have five (5) days to appeal by decision to the City Manager.

On October 31st, Officer Mitchell appealed his suspension to the city manager, who will have the final say.

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