Sylvester hires former Meigs chief as interim chief

Gary Price, as chief of Meigs, in a WALB interview (Source: WALB)
Gary Price, as chief of Meigs, in a WALB interview (Source: WALB)

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Former Meigs Police Chief Gary Price is now the interim police chief for Sylvester.

Lt. Kenneth Washington has been promoted to Assistant Chief of Police for Sylvester. The slot came open when long-time Chief Wayne Jennings resigned earlier this year.

Last July, Meigs Mayor Pro-tem Jimmy Layton hand delivered a termination letter to Price, stating:  "You are being dismissed for conducting and reflecting discredit on the City. It has come to the attention of the Mayor and City Council that you have been rude and disrespectful to other citizens of our community and employees."

According to Price, the vote wasn't properly moved and the Mayor didn't have the authority to make that decision.

Gary Price returned to work the next day, and was reinstated by the City of Meigs. In fact, he continued serving until he resigned on Tuesday, December 6th.

Price said in July that the issue was related to an arrest that he made in January of 2015 involving Stephanie Battle. He said she was the only other person present during a meeting they had.

In 2014, Albany city leaders approved a $400,000 settlement to victims in a crash caused by Price, who caused three other crashes while on the job and was involved in three chases that led to crashes.

During one of those chases in 2007, a drug suspect crashed into Billy Klewitz's car. Both drivers were killed.

"Its fair to say, too many," said City Attorney Nathan Davis, in 2014. He says the city does not have a policy specifying the number of crashes an officer can be involved in before being terminated, but thinks this is a perfect example of why there should be something in place. "This ought to be the poster child for establishing something like that."

CLICK HERE for detailed background on Gary Price's problems in Albany.

The search is still on going for a new police chief for Sylvester Police Department.

Applications should be submitted to Sylvester City Hall, 102 S. Isabella Street, Sylvester, GA 31791

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