Deputy Police Chief Roosevelt Lodge was fired Friday Night. Chief Augustus Palmer The Third would not comment on Lodge's firing, calling it a personnel matter. Palmer, who was hired as chief earlier this year, is facing scrutiny of his own. News Channel 6's Dee Griffin spent the day in Waynesboro, getting reaction to the news there.
Some would say Waynesboro is a sleepy little town. But recent actions by city council have shaken it awake. Resident Eddie Didley says, "Everything is going up except the paychecks. You have to work two jobs just to make ends meet. Sometimes that's still not enough. I just hope they come to a conclusion everyone will be happy and comfortable."
Things have been anything but comfortable among Waynesboro's city council and police department. Newly hired police chief Augustus Palmer, the third came under fire during last week's council meeting when three members voted to fire him. The charge was lead by one member who cited threats and insubordination. However, three other members and the mayor saved him from being ousted.
Alberta Anderson served on the city council for two years and was a state representative for eleven years. Anderson says it all comes down to something she's been fighting for years. "The charter tells you about the conflict of interest in section two. It talks about nepotism. So that's what you are dealing with now is the nepotism clause," she explains.
Anderson is currently running to unseat James Jones who is the brother of the recently fired Deputy Chief Roosevelt Lodge. Their cousin also serves on city council. "When family members get in the way it's hard to make a fair decision for all people especially the citizens. You're showing favoritism. You've got your family members there. Is that fair?" asks Anderson.
While few people will talk about the city issues. Residents can only watch and wait for their small town to rid itself of big city problems.
News Channel Six reached out to Councilman, and Vice Mayor, James Jones for his response. He has not returned the call. Also, the police chief and city manager said they could not comment on the firing of Deputy Chief Lodge saying it's a personnel matter.
Roosevelt Lodge can appeal his firing.
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