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Veteran Sylvester officer terminated

Ronnie Graddy in a previous WALB interview (WALB image) Ronnie Graddy in a previous WALB interview (WALB image)
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

A long time Sylvester Police officer is no longer investigating crime in that city, after being dismissed from his position by Chief Wayne Jennings. The reason listed on his termination form was insubordination.

His problem with SPD is rooted in a 2015 directive from Chief Jennings for him to avoid physical contact with a sergeant, who had lodged a complaint against former Lieutenant Graddy for putting his hand on her shoulder.

In a self-defense demonstration to block a choke hold, Graddy says he showed the technique to a male officer, and then to the sergeant, the only female officer at the training.

Soon after, Graddy was issued a disciplinary report from Jennings, who said he was firing Graddy for insubordination, because he disobeyed his directive not to touch the Sergeant in the future.

Graddy hired a lawyer, and had a hearing with Sylvester City Manager Debbie Bridges, who upheld the chief's action.

He told WALB Wednesday that he felt "the Lord was leading him in a new direction," and he is proud of his career. He said the incident is the only negative one he ever had in his 27-year career.

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