Gwinnett’s police chief Charles Walters was suspended for 10 days, and forced to apologize to the Commissioners. Apparently the Chief was upset about…
…“inaccurate information that had appeared in various media forms,” which he believed caused “serious damage” to employee morale within the police department.
“During this meeting, I presented factual information stating the true state of crime in Gwinnett County and the positive impact that our employees were creating,” Walters wrote. “I apologize for using this forum to convey that information in such a blunt manner and any problems that it caused.”
It seems the object of the Chief’s scorn was Commissioner and Chairman Candidate Lorraine Green.
Gwinnett County District 1 Commissioner Lorraine Green, who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff against County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister earlier this month, said she was told Walters was suspended because he campaigned against her during a staff meeting of about 75 to 100 people the week before the Aug. 5 runoff.
The COMPSTAT meeting is held every two weeks for department supervisors to discuss crime trends. This particular meeting also included some civilians who were there to witness an awards ceremony, Green was told.
“Obviously I am very disappointed that he would choose to take such action, but I think the response by the county administrator speaks volumes, ” Green said.